Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Life is the childhood of our immortality.”

“Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.”

“One cannot always be a hero, but one can always be a human.”

“Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.”

“To know someone here or there with whom you feel there is understanding in spite of distances or thoughts unexpressed—that can make of this earth a garden.”

“A useless life is an early death.”

“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.”

“ ‘Know thyself’? If I knew myself, I’d run away.”