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German novelist, Birth: 28-8-1749, Death: 22-3-1832 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
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You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

'It is simple to gauge the moral character of a person based on how they act towards those who cannot benefit them in any way.'
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We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Our planet is the asylum of the cosmos.
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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.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Every day we should be exposed to at least one melodic tune, peruse one fine piece of poetry, behold one beautiful image, and, if feasible, utter a few judicious phrases.
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The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never have otherwise occurred...unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.
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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.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

As soon as one resolutely commits oneself, Fate follows suit. Whatever you think you can accomplish, or have faith in yourself that you can do it, start it. Action has enchantment, potency and elegance.
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Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Enchanting is trusting in oneself, if one can accomplish that, anything is possible.
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At the moment of commitment the entire universe conspires to assist you.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

At the instant of pledging, the whole cosmos coalesces to help you.
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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.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Quote Topics by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Men Art Life Thinking World People Inspirational Love Heart Literature Giving Nature Science Doe Character Children Lying Errors Mind Happiness Time Motivational Believe Light Age Mean Long Wise Truth May
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Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Valor is the dedication to start without any assurance of triumph.
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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.
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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.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

'If I accept you in your current state, I will impede your progress; however, if I view you through the lens of what you could potentially become, I can aid in your development.'
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There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Malignant ignorance.
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A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A person perceives in the universe what resides in his soul.
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One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One must inquire of the young and feathered fowls how cherries and strawberries savor.
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Hell begins the day that God grants you the vision to see all that you could have done, should have done, and would have done, but did not do.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Agony commences the moment God bestows upon you the capacity to perceive all that you could have done, ought to have done, and would have done, yet failed to accomplish.
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Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Realizing is not enough; we must implement. Desiring is not enough; we must act.
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Correction does much, but encouragement does more.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Revision accomplishes much, yet motivation does more.
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Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Everything is hard before it is easy.
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Our friends show us what we can do; our enemies teach us what we must do.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Nothing is worth more than this day. You cannot relive yesterday. Tomorrow is still beyond your reach.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Why look for conspiracy when stupidity can explain so much
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It is the color closest to light. In its utmost purity it always implies the nature of brightness and has a cheerful, serene, gently stimulating character. Hence, experience teaches us that yellow makes a thoroughly warm and comforting impression.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
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Someday perhaps the inner light will shine forth from us, and the we'll need no other light.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
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If you want someone to develop a specific trait, treat them as though they already had it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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A useless life is an early death.
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Too many parents make life hard for their children by trying, too zealously, to make it easy for them.
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Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.
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There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.
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In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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A person hears only what they understand.
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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.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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People who think honestly and deeply have a hostile attitude towards the public.
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I never knew a more presumptuous person than myself. The fact that I say that shows that what I say is true.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Each indecision brings its own delays and days are lost lamenting over lost days... What you can do or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has magic, power, and genius in it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Nothing is worse than active ignorance.
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Yet through delivery orators succeed, I feel that I am far behind indeed.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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With little art, clear wit and sense Suggest their own delivery.
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What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.
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Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
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To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Ingratitude is always a kind of weakness. I have never known men of ability to be ungrateful.
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As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
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If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.
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I am not omniscient, but I know a lot.
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Look at a man the way he is and he only becomes worse, but look at him as if he were what he could be, then he becomes what he should be.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe