Friday, May 2, 2014

Wisdom from the Gentiles: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth.

I call architecture frozen music.

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.

The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.

Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.

Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.

Correction does much, but encouragement does more.

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

Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.

We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.

Whoever wishes to keep a secret must hide the fact that he possesses one.

The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.

What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.

There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at.

If you must tell me your opinions, tell me what you believe in. I have plenty of doubts of my own.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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