Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

1749 - 1832

A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on instrumentality, technology, science, and humanism

Insofar as he makes use of his healthy senses, man himself is the best and most exact scientific instrument possible.  The greatest misfortune of modern physics is that its experiments have been set apart from man, as it were, physics refuses to recognize nature in anything not shown by artificial instruments, and even uses this as a measure of its accomplishments.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

Source: maxims

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on happiness, value, altruism, and uplifting

Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on creativity, genius, greatness, and uplifting

If you would create something, you must be something.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on love, possibility, and impossible

I love those who yearn for the impossible.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on beauty, greatness, loneliness, and alone

The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on greatness and chance

What chance gathers she easily scatters. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on art, dreams of artists, and music

Architecture is frozen music.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

Source: Conversations With Goethe (by Peter Eckermann)

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on awareness and life

Quite often, as life goes on, when we feel completely secure as we go on our way, we suddenly notice that we are trapped in error, that we have allowed ourselves to be taken in by individuals, by objects, have dreamt up an affinity with them which immediately vanishes before our waking eye; and yet we cannot tear ourselves away, held fast by some power that seems incomprehensible to us.  Sometimes, however, we become fully aware and realize that error as well as truth can move and spur us on to action.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

Source: Maxims & Reflections

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on faust, goethe, life, and wisdom

Human life—everybody lives it, but only to a few is it known.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on government, govern, society, freedom, and self-responsibility

What is the best government? – That which teaches us to govern ourselves.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

Contributed by: peter

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