Authors - Johann Goethe
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 - 22 March 1832) was a German writer, pictorial artist, biologist, theoretical physicist, and polymath. He is considered the supreme genius of modern German literature. His works span the fields of poetry, drama, prose, philosophy, and science. His Faust has been called one of the greatest dramatic works of modern European literature. His other well-known literary works include his numerous poems, the Bildungsroman Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, and the epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther. - Wikipedia
One ought, each day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture and, if possible, speak a few reasonable words.
If you start to think about your physical or moral condition, you usually find that you are sick.
Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.
If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul.
Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.
When ideas fail, words come in very handy.
That is the true season 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 love in the same way after us.
One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.
To be pleased with one's limits is a wretched state.
Everything in the world may be endured except continued prosperity.
The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.
We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
Everything has been thought of before, but the difficulty is to think of it again.
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Genius thinks it can do whatever it sees others doing, but is sure to repent of every ill-judged outlay.
A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days.
Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.
Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten but they may start a winning game.
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
Everything is simpler than you think and at the same time more complex than you imagine.
Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one.
Music, in the best sense, does not require novelty; no, the older it is, and the more we are accustomed to it, the greater its effect.
There is nothing more dreadful than imagination without taste.
If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.
All truly wise thoughts have been thoughts already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.
Anecdotes and maxims are rich treasures to the man of the world, for he knows how to introduce the former at fit place in conversation.
Treat a man as he appears to be, and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be.
Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.
To rule is easy, to govern difficult.
Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction.
Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.
Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.
The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art.