Quotes from German Poet and
Johann Wolfgang Gothe –1749-1832
He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his
There is nothing more frightening than a bustling ignorance.
hate all bungling as I do sin, but particularly bungling politics,
which leads to the misery and ruin of many thousands and millions of
True religion teaches us to reverence what is under us, to recognize
humility, poverty, suffering and death as things divine.
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they
The best of all governments is that which teaches us to govern
In all things it is better to hope than to despair.
Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.
Epochs of faith are epochs of fruitfulness; but epochs of unbelief,
however glittering, are barren of all permanent good.
Wood burn because it has the proper stuff in it , and a man becomes
famous because he has the proper stuff in him.
If you must tell me your opinions, tell me what you believe in. I
have plenty of doubts of my own.
If you would create something, you must be something.
Nature is the living, visible garment of God.
useless life is only an early death.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude, but character is best formed
in the stormy billows of the world.
Those who hope for no other life, are dead even for this.
Quotes from German Philosopher &
Immanuel Kant –1724-1804
The busier we are, the more acutely we feel that we live, the more
conscious we are of life.
Have patience awhile; slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the
child of time; ere long she shall appear to vindicate you.
So act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for
the whole world.
What are the aims which are at the same time duties? They are the
perfecting of ourselves, and the happiness of others.
Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by lawful and
honest means. But seek the testimony of the few; and number not
voices, but weigh them.
One is not rich by what one owns, but more by what one is able to do
Quotes from German Humorist &
Jean Paul Richter – 1763-1826
Courage consists, not in blindly overlooking danger, but in seeing
and conquering it.
Stately spring – whose robe-folds are valleys, whose breast-bouquet
is gardens, and whose blush is a vernal evening.
Individuality is everywhere to be spared and respected as the root
of everything good.
Life, like waters of the seas, freshens only when it ascends
timid person is frightened before a danger; a coward during the
danger; and a courageous person after the danger.
Our sorrows are like thunderclouds, which seem black in the
distance, but grow lighter as they approach.
Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good actions; try
to use ordinary situations.
Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or
else forgiving another.
Never part without loving words to think of during your absence. It
may be that you will not meet again in life.
Only action gives life strength, only moderation gives it charm.
Never write on a subject without first having read yourself full on
it; and never read on a subject till you have thought yourself
hungry on it.
The guardian angels of life sometimes fly so high as to be beyond
our sight, but they are always looking down upon us.