Aphorisms by author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Intercourse with women is the element of good manners.
By theme : Education Relations Women
Some of our weaknesses are born in us, others are the result of education; it is a question which of the two gives us most trouble.
By theme : Thought Wisdom
Everything has been thought of before, but the difficulty is to think of it again.
By theme : Thought
It is opposition that makes us productive.
By theme : Politics Relations
What we do not understand we do not possess.
By theme : Thought Wisdom
One must be something in order to do something.
By theme : Person
A purpose you impart is no longer your own.
By theme : Thought Wisdom
It is in self-limitation that the master shows himself.
By theme : Art Creativity
To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.
By theme : Behavior Thought
What one has wished for in youth, in old age one has in abundance.
By theme : Old Youth
If man thinks about his physical or moral state he usually discovers that he is ill.
By theme : Behavior Health Thought
There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.
By theme : Behavior Knowledge
We know accurately only when we know little; with knowledge doubt enters.
By theme : Knowledge
The destiny of any nation at any given time depends on the opinions of its young men under five and twenty.
By theme : Destiny Society
The happy do not believe in miracles.
By theme : Happiness
Whatever you cannot understand, you cannot possess.
By theme : Psychology Reason Wisdom
A well-bred carriage is difficult to imitate; for in strictness it is negative, and it implies a long-continued previous training.
By theme : Knowledge Wisdom
The company of chaste women is the proper atmosphere of good manners.
By theme : Behavior Education Relations Women
It is better to be deceived by one`s friends than to deceive them.
By theme : Behavior Friendship
A man who is ignorant of foreign languages is also ignorant of his own language.
By theme : Education Knowledge
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