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

If you don’t know who Goethe was, here is a super brief bio.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German polymath who was a very successful writer, dramatist, novelist, poet and scientist in his native country of Germany, and subsequently the rest of Europe.

Here below I’ve selected five quotes from Goethe that I found particularly notable when it came to life, purpose and happiness!

Goethe Quote: Lets plunge ourselves into the...

Let’s plunge ourselves into the roar of time, the whirl of accident; may pain and pleasure, success and failure, shift as they will – it’s only action that can make a man.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Faust)


Goethe Quote: The whole art of living consists...

The whole art of living consists in giving up existence in order to exist.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Maxims and Reflections, 1819)


Goethe Quote: The greatest happiness for the thinking man...

The greatest happiness for the thinking man is to have fathomed the fathomable, and to quietly revere the unfathomable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Sprüche in Prosa, 1819)


Goethe Quote: He is the happiest who set...

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)


Goethe Quote - Rest not before you die leave something

Rest not! Life is sweeping by;
Go and dare before you die.
Something mighty and sublime
Leave behind to conquer time!
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Haste Not, Rest Not)

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"And I say to any man or woman, Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes."
Walt Whitman 
in Leaves of Grass (1855)

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