Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable. - Goethe

Our work is the presentation of our capabilities. - Goethe

The effects of good music are not just because it's new; on the contrary music strikes us more the more familiar we are with it. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von - Goethe

In all things it is better to hope than to despair.  - Goethe

The people who are absent are the ideal; those who are present seem to be quite commonplace. - Goethe

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

Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity. - Goethe

Who ever strikes at marriage either by word or act undermines the foundation of all moral society. - Goethe

Without haste, but without rest. - Goethe

Before you can do something you must first be something. - Goethe

Human beings, by change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden. - Goethe

Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest. - Goethe

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. - Goethe

Mountains cannot be surmounted except by winding paths. - Goethe

Architecture is frozen music. - Goethe

One of the most striking signs of the decay of art is when we see its separate forms jumbled together. - Goethe

One can be very happy without demanding that others agree with them. - Goethe

Oh how sweet it is to hear one's own convictions from another's lips. - Goethe

Age does not make us childish, as some say; it finds us true children. - Goethe

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least. - Goethe

The deed is everything, the glory is naught. - Goethe

Character develops itself in the stream of life. - Goethe

When ideas fail, words come in very handy. - Goethe

Nothing is as frightening as ignorance in action. {this quote is above the entrance to the Naval Academy}  - Goethe

The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it. - Goethe

Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded. - Goethe

Behavior is a mirror in which every one displays his own image. - Goethe

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.  - Johann W. von Goethe

The right man is the one who seizes the moment. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Death is a commingling of eternity with time; in the death of a good man, eternity is seen looking through time. - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

He who does not expect a million readers should not write a line. - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

The Woman-Soul leadeth us upward and on! - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that. - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Science and art belong to the whole world, and the barriers of nationality vanish before them - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them. - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

The destiny of any nation, at any given time, depends on the opinions of its young men under five-and-twenty. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe