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The first and last thing required of genius is the love of truth.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Maxims and Reflections, 1819)
Blood is a very special juice.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Faust - Part I, 1808)
What's it to you if I love you?
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, 1795 - 1796)
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Faust)
Fortune rarely accompanies anyone to the door.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Torquato Tasso, 1790)
Life teaches us to be less harsh with ourselves and with others.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Iphigenia in Tauris, 1787)
Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The whole art of living consists in giving up existence in order to exist.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Maxims and Reflections, 1819)
Night is the other half of life, and the better half.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, 1795 - 1796)
To recognize God where and as he reveals himself is the only true bliss on earth.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Certain faults are necessary to the individual if he is to exist.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Maxims and Reflections, 1819)
The credit of advancing science has always been due to individuals, never to the age. 
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Everything in the world may be endured except continued prosperity.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Torquato Tasso, 1790)
Every man hears only what he understands.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nothing is more damaging to a new truth than an old error.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Sprüche in Prosa, 1819)
Nature has neither kernel, nor shell, she is everything, all at once.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (To Be Sure - Morphology, 1820)
Pleasure and love are the pinions of great deeds.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Iphigenia in Tauris, 1787)
There is no greater consolation for mediocrity than that the genius is not immortal.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Maxims and Reflections, 1819)
Of all peoples the Greeks have dreamt the dream of life best.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Sprüche in Prosa, 1819)
What one has wished for in youth, in old age one has in abundance.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Poetry and Truth, 1811 - 1833)
The further knowledge advances, the nearer we come to the unfathomable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Maxims and Reflections, 1819)
The man who masters himself is delivered from the force that binds all creatures.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (The Mysteries)
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Elective Affinities, 1809)

Goethe Philosophical Quote About Life: He is the happiest man who can set the end of his...
He is the happiest man who can set the end of his life in connection with the beginning.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Maxims and Reflections, 1819)
Error is acceptable as long as we are young; but one must not drag it along into old age.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Art and Antiquity, 1821)
I have always paid attention to the merits of my enemies, and found it an advantage.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Maxims and Reflections, 1819)
The older I get the more I trust in the law according to which the rose and the lily bloom.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Letter to Karl Friedrich Zelter, 1829)
Perfection is the measure of heaven, and the wish to be perfect the measure of man.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Maxims and Reflections, 1819)
Which is the best government? That which teaches us to govern ourselves.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Maxims and Reflections, 1819)
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Goethe Biography

Born: August 28, 1749
Died: March 22, 1832

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German polymath. He was successful as an writer, dramatist, novelist, poet and scientist. He has had an great influence throughout Europe.

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Notable Works

Goetz von Berlichingen (1773)
The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774)
Iphigenia in Tauris (1779)
Egmont (1788)
Metamorphosis of Plants (1790)
Faust: Part I (1808)
Elective Affinities (1809)
Maxims and Reflections (1819)
Faust: Part II (1832)
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