These days I was busy reading Goethe, also reading about him. I also like quotes, here are a few from Von G.
It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it.
Hatred is something peculiar. You will always find it strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture.
Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
A person hears only what they understand.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
The senses do not deceive us, but the judgment does.
No one should be rich except those who understand it.
We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.
Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again.
I do not speak of what I cannot praise.
The man of understanding finds everything laughable.
If you treat an individual… as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.
The little man is still a man.
Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.
Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.
The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves.
Freedom consists not in refusing to recognize anything above us, but in respecting something which is above us; for by respecting it, we raise ourselves to it, and, by our very acknowledgment, prove that we bear within ourselves what is higher, and are worthy to be on a level with it
What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.