Great Goethe Quotes, etc.

“When asked how it felt to be the smartest man alive, Einstein’s reply was ‘I don’t know, you’ll have to ask Nikola Tesla’.”

-Albert Einstein

“Few people have the imagination for reality.”

— Goethe 

“We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.” 

— 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.”

— Goethe 

“The human has an unstoppable drive, at least to try, to detect the inmost force, which binds the world, and guides its course.”

— Goethe, from Faust

“A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself; it is a child of solitude.” 

— Goethe

“Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid.” 

— Goethe

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”

— Goethe

“Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at.” 

— Goethe

“The first and last thing which is required of genius is the love of truth.” 

— Goethe

“What does not kill me makes me stronger.” 

-Goethe (original)

“What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.”

 -Nietzsche (a 3rd generation student of Goethe, via Schopenhauer)

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