Love Quotes and Sayings

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Love Quotes and Sayings

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Love Quotes and Sayings

1. We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.

2. There is a courtesy of the heart; it is allied to love. From it springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.

3. Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.

4. 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.


Excerpt from Wikipedia: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and polymath. Goethe is considered by many to be the most important writer in the German language and one of the most important thinkers in Western culture. Goethe’s works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, theology, philosophy, and science. His magnum opus, lauded as one of the peaks of world literature, is the two-part drama Faust. Goethe’s other well-known literary works include his numerous poems, the Bildungsroman Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship, and the epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther.

Goethe’s influence spread across Europe, and for the next century his works were a major source of inspiration in music, drama, poetry and philosophy. Early in his career, however, he wondered whether painting might be his true vocation; late in his life, he expressed the expectation that he would ultimately be remembered above all for his work on colour.

Sayings by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

1. A noble person attracts noble people, and knows how to hold on to them.

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

3. A person hears only what they understand.

5. All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.

6. Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent.

7. Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.

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

9. Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.

10. Every person above the ordinary has a certain mission that they are called to fulfill.

11. Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.

12. Go to foreign countries and you will get to know the good things one possesses at home.

13. Hatred is something peculiar. You will always find it strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture.

14. He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.

15. He who does not think much of himself is much more esteemed than he imagines.

16. If a man or woman is born ten years sooner or later, their whole aspect and performance shall be different.

17. If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.

18. If your treat an individual… as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.

19. It is better to be deceived by one’s friends than to deceive them.

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

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

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

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

24. Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at.

25. One always has time enough, if one will apply it well.

26. Piety is not a goal but a means to attain through the purest peace of mind the highest culture.

27. Precaution is better than cure.

28. Unlike grown ups, children have little need to deceive themselves.

29. We don’t get to know people when they come to us; we must go to them to find out what they are like.

30. What is my life if I am no longer useful to others.

31. What is uttered from the heart alone, Will win the hearts of others to your own.

32. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back—concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.

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

34. The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.

35. Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.

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