"Johann Wolfgang von Goethe" was a German writer and politician/statesman. His body of work includes epic poetry/epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of poetic metre/metres and styles; prose and verse (poetry)/verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary criticism/literary and Aesthetics/aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him are extant.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous poets! More Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on Wikipedia.
I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. The greater part of all mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims. They have undertaken to build a tower, and spend no more labor on the foundation than would be necessary to erect a hut.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Whenever I hear people talking about 'liberal ideas,' I am always astounded that men should love to fool themselves with empty sounds. An idea should never be liberal; it must be vigorous, positive, and without loose ends so that it may fulfill its divine mission and be productive. The proper place for liberality is in the realm of the emotions.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe