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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer, artist, and politician. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, and more than 10,000 letters written by him are extant, as are nearly 3,000 drawings. (1749 – 1832)

Quotes

All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Doubt grows with knowledge.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He who has a task to perform must know how to take sides, or he is quite unworthy of it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He who possesses art and science has religion; he who does not possess them, needs religion.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I call architecture frozen music.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nothing is worth more than this day.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The right man is the one who seizes the moment.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are never further from what we wish than when we believe that we have what we wished for.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We usually lose today, because there has been a yesterday, and tomorrow is coming.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When ideas fail, words come in very handy.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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