Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

None are so hopelessly enslaved, as those who falsely believe they are free. The truth has been kept from the depth of their minds by masters who rule them with lies. They feed them on falsehoods till wrong looks like right in their eyes.

Writing history is a method of getting rid of the past.

The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. Whatever you think you can do, or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, power and grace.

Why look for conspiracy when stupidity can explain so much

A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.

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

Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success.

To the world you might be one person, but to one person, you might be the world. Kindness is the golden chain by which our world is bound together.

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

Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.

Nothing is more disgusting than the majority: because it consists of a few powerful predecessors, of rogues who adapt themselves, of weak who assimilate themselves, and the masses who imitate without knowing at all what they want.

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….In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or is dehumanized.

If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however, if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.

There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one’s self on lies and fables.

He who cannot draw on three thousand years is living from hand to mouth.

At the moment of commitment the entire universe conspires to assist you.

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

Nine requisites for contented living: Health enough to make work a pleasure. Wealth enough to support your needs. Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them. Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them. Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished. Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor. Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others. Faith enough to make real the things of God. Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.

Correction does much, but encouragement does more.

To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult.

Our friends show us what we can do; our enemies teach us what we must do.

It is sometimes essential for a husband and a wife to quarrel – they get to know each other better.

A man who cannot command himself will always be a slave.

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.