Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

1749 - 1832

A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on balance

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So divinely is the world organized that every one of us, in our place and time, is in balance with everything else.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on love, cultivation, and virtue

Love does not dominate; it cultivates.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on passion, growth, wisdom, transformation, enlightenment, and bly

Tell a wise person, or else keep silent, / because the mass man will mock it right away. / I praise what is truly alive, / what longs to be burned to death. / [] In the calm water of the love-nights, / where you were begotten, where you have begotten, / a strange feeling comes over you, / when you see the silent candle burning. / [] Now you are no longer caught in the obsession with darkness, / and a desire for higher love-making sweeps you upward. / [] Distance does not make you falter. / Now, arriving in magic, flying, / and finally, insane for the light, / you are the butterfly and you are gone. / And so long as you haven't experienced this: to die and so to grow, / you are only a troubled guest on the dark earth.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

Source: The Holy Longing - Translated by Robert Bly

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on metamorphosis, receiving, and giving

Human life runs its course in the metamorphosis between receiving and giving.

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on johann wolfgang von goethe

To stand defiant before overwhelming power.


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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on love, desire, and spirit

Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds.

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on thinking, action, being-the-change, discipline, integrity, and authenticity

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on decisive, element, life, power, joy, and inspiration

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.  I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.  I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration; I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.  In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person humanized or de-humanized.  If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.  If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on self realization

If each of us sweeps in front of our own steps, the whole world will be clean.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on love, brotherhood, and freemasonry

ALL WHAT YOU READ AS VERITY OR LEGEND IN A THOUSAND BOOKS - ALL THAT WILL BE A TOWER OF BABEL, IF LOVE DOES NOT UNITE IT.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

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