Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

1749 - 1832

A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on action and thought

Whoever makes it a rule to test action by thought, thought by action, cannot falter, and if he does, will soon find his way back to the right road.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on creativity, life, mountains, and spirit

From inaccessible mountain range by way of desert untrod by human foot to the ends of the unknown seas, the breath of the everlasting creative spirit is felt, rejoicing over every speck of dust that hearkens to it and lives.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on aim, books, influence, style, and time

However often we turn to it [the Koran] at first disgusting us each time afresh, it soon attracts, astounds, and in the end enforces our reverence. . . . Its style, in accordance with its contents and aim is stern, grand, terrible - ever and anon truly sublime - Thus this book will go on exercising through all ages a most potent influence.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

Source: quoted in T.P. Hughes' DICTIONARY OF ISLAM, p. 526.

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on friendship, life, and theory

Dear friend, all theory is gray,  And green the golden tree of life.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

Source: Faust

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on mercy

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Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on achievement, day, errors, success, and time

The passing day is prey to error. Time commands success and achievement

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on gold, hope, justice, life, tears, water, world, and yielding

We must not hope to be mowers, And to gather the ripe gold ears, Unless we have first been sowers And water the furrows with tears. It is not just as we take it, This mystical world of ours, Life's field will yield as we make it A harvest of thorns or of flowers.

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on praise

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I do not speak of what I cannot praise.

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on needs

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He who is plenteously provided for from within needs but little from without.

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on marriage and society

Whoever strikes at marriage either by word or act undermines the foundation of all moral society.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

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