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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Biography - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:

German writer and statesman.
Born: 1749 - Died: 1832
19th century
18th century
Place of birth: Germany

Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do.

Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do.



(French, German)

Il ne suffit pas de savoir, il faut aussi appliquer ; il ne suffit pas de vouloir, il faut agir.

Es ist nicht genug zu wissen - man muss auch anwenden. Es ist nicht genug zu wollen - man muss auch tun.

See also 

See also...

We know accurately only when we know little; with knowledge, doubt increases.

It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.

Of the experience I have of myself, I find enough to make me wise, if I were but a good scholar.

All good maxims are in the world. We only need to apply them.

So in order to act well it is sufficient to judge well, and to judge as well as one can is sufficient to enable one to do one's best.

A good moral, my lord: it is not enough to speak, but to speak true.

Quotes for: to know


Quotes for: to know

Know or listen to those who know.

Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.

All I know is that I know nothing.

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.

Without the art of living knowledge nought avails.

I know that I know nothing.

Quotes for: to will


Quotes for: to will

Love, and do what you will.

To will oneself free is also to will others free.

The kind of happiness I want consists, not so much in doing what I wish, as in not doing what I don't wish.

We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to comes.

Everyone's responsibility involves two acts: wanting to know and daring to say.

Don't demand that things happen as you wish, but wish that they happen as they do happen, and you will go on well.


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe also said...

In all things it is better to hope than to despair.

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.

We know accurately only when we know little; with knowledge, doubt increases.

To do good needs no consideration.

The aim of living is Life itself.

It is not enough to take steps, which may someday lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise.

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