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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
August 28, 1749 - March 22, 1832
Nationality: German
Category: Poet
Subcategory: German Poet

On all the peaks lies peace.


One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude.


Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid.


Nothing is to be rated higher than the value of the day.


The coward only threatens when he is safe.


Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth.


Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.


The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.


If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise.


Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.


Objects in pictures should so be arranged as by their very position to tell their own story.


Correction does much, but encouragement does more.


It seems to never occur to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united.


The deed is everything, the glory is naught.


Every spoken word arouses our self-will.


Who is the wisest man? He who neither knows or wishes for anything else than what happens.


A person places themselves on a level with the ones they praise.


When ideas fail, words come in very handy.


The man who occupies the first place seldom plays the principal part.


I call architecture frozen music.


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