Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.

Everybody wants to get old, but nobody wants to be old.

Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.

After fifteen minutes nobody looks at a rainbow.

Great necessity elevates man, petty necessity casts him down.

Nature! We are enveloped and embraced by her, incapable of emerging from her and incapable of entering her more deeply. Unbidden and unwarned, she receives us into the circuits of her dance, drifting onward with us herself, until we grow tired and drop from her arms.

Nature has neither kernel nor shell; she is everything at once.

Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction.

The unnatural, that too is natural.

The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation.