Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • “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.”
  • “Who is the happiest man? He who is alive to the merit of others, and can rejoice in their enjoyment as if it were his own.”
  • “Certain books seem to be written, not that we might learn from them, but in order that we might see how much the author knows.”
  • “How many years must a man do nothing, before he can at all know what is to be done and how to do it!”
  • “You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”
  • “Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success.”
  • “People will allow their faults to be shown them; they will let themselves be punished for them; they will patiently endure many things because of them; they only become impatient when they have to lay them aside.”
  • “A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “No man learns to know his inmost nature by introspection, for he rates himself sometimes too low, and often too high, by his own measurement. Man knows himself only by comparing himself with other men; it is life that touches his genuine worth.”
  • “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.”
  • “Why look for conspiracy when stupidity can explain so much”
  • “We cannot and must not get rid of nor deny our characteristics. But we can give them shape and direction.”
  • “We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “At the moment of commitment the entire universe conspires to assist you.”
  • “To the world you might be one person, but to one person, you might be the world. Kindness is the golden chain by which our world is bound together.”
  • “Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.”
  • “Mountains cannot be surmounted except by winding paths.”
  • “If nature is your teacher, your soul will awaken.”
  • “Thank God when He lays a burden on thee, and thank Him when He takes it off.”
  • “Whatever Nature undertakes, she can only accomplish it in a sequence. She never makes a leap.”
  • “Every solution of a problem is a new problem.”

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