Famous Inspirational Quotes from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

An excellent writer, poet, politician, and artist, German Johann Wolfgang von Goethe truly inspired many people because of his remarkable works that range from literature to science. He has written thousands of letters and sketched approximately 3,000 drawings. Out of the four novels that Goethe released, German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer said that the “Meister’s Apprenticeship” was one of the greatest novels written by Goethe. American poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson chose Goethe to be part of his list of “representative men” alongside other great minds such as William Shakespeare, Plato, and Napoleon. The poems of Goethe have made a huge impact in the music scene during the 19th century. Many famous composers including Franz Schubert, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart have put music to Goethe’s poems.

Johann Wolfgang von GoetheListening to classical music can help anyone relax. It also helps people to work better and perform well. Classical music such as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 seems to bring out the best in my performance.

You can also get the same feeling when you read positive messages. Goethe has several quotes that can truly inspire someone and here are some of them:

“Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid.”

There will always be ups and downs in life. Instead of complaining about those sorrowful moments, I try to see it as a learning experience. It makes me value things more and avoid doing the same mistake.

“What is my life if I am no longer useful to others.”

This is a simple yet powerful quote. We all have a purpose in this life and it does not have to be that grand. Being of service to others is a great feeling and it gives you self worth. So try to do something for someone each day.

“Whatever you can do or dream, begin it.”

The most successful people do not only think, but they act. There are some people who have great ideas, but they tend to wait for the opportunity to knock. Start working on what you want to achieve and don’t be discouraged if there will be some failures along the way. This quote taught me not to give up on my dreams.