Inspiring Johann Wolfgang
Von Goethe Quotes

inspiring goethe quotesJohann Wolfgang Von Goethe left one of the richest legacies of wise and inspiring quotes of anyone I have encountered.

Enjoy reading them and reap the wisdom!

The Quotes

I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming. 

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!

A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.

There are two things children should get from their parents: roots and wings.

We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.

A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days.

By seeking and blundering we learn. 

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action. 

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. 

Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.

Age does not make us childish, as some say; it finds us true children.

There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.

Know thyself? If I knew myself, I'd run away.

Knowing is not enough, we must apply, willing is not enough, we must do..
A person hears only what they understand.

To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.

I love those who yearn for the impossible.

Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one. 

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.

Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.

To be pleased with one's limits is a wretched state.

Nothing is worth more than this day.

The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.

The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.

This is the true measure of love, when we believe that we alone can love, that no one could ever have loved so before us, and that no one will ever love in the same way after us.

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. 

We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.

We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden.

Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.

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

People who think honestly and deeply have a hostile attitude towards the public. 

Leap and the net will appear. 

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