Tag Archive | "Johann Wolfgang von Goethe"

When we treat

When we treat man as he is, we make him worse than he is; when we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be, we make him what he should be.

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Whatever you can

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.

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The intelligent man

The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.

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Only learn to

Only learn to seize good fortune, for good fortune is always here.

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I respect the

I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. The greater part of all mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims. They have undertaken to build a tower, and spend no more labor on the foundation than would be necessary to erect a hut.

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Everybody wants to

Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.

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There is nothing

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.

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Talent develops in

Talent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life.

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The true, prescriptive

The true, prescriptive artist strives after artistic truth; the lawless artist, following blind instinct, after an appearance of naturalness. The one leads to the highest peaks of art, the other to its lowest depths.

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Treat a man

Treat a man as he appears to be, and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be.

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