The world runs on from one folly to another; and the man who, solely from regard to the opinion of others, and without any wish or necessity of his own, toils after gold, honour, or any other phantom, is no better than a fool.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Profession: Poet
Nationality: German

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Poor souls! their miseries seem so much to please 'em, I scarce can find it in my heart to tease 'em.

No one has ever properly understood me, I have never fully understood anyone; and no one understands anyone else.

Thy scent will be to bliss invited; Thy palate then with taste delighted, Thy nerves of touch ecstatic glow! All unprepared, the charm I spin: We're here together, so begin!

In contemplation as in action, we must distinguish between what may be attained and what is unattainable. Without this, little can be achieved, either in life or in knowledge.

Even people who are entirely strange and indifferent to one another will exchange confidences if they live together for a while, and a certain intimacy is bound to develop.

It is not easy in this world for one person to understand the next one.

The world turns gray, the air grows cool, the fog blows in. Only at evening can you really value home.

Everything great and intelligent is in the minority.

Yet here poor fool for all my lore, I stand no wiser than before.

Destiny grants us our wishes, but in its own way, in order to give us something beyond our wishes.

I love those who yearn for the impossible.

How many kings are governed by their ministers, how many ministers by their secretaries? Who, in such cases, is really the chief?

There are people who make no mistakes because they never wish to do anything worth doing.

Men are so constituted that everybody undertakes what he sees another successful in, whether he has aptitude for it or not.