Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
German author; b. 1749; d. 1832
Aphorisms Attributed to This Aphorist
For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him, he must regard himself as greater than he is.
I do not know myself and God forbid that I should.
Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.
Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.
Ordinary people know little of the time and effort it takes to learn to read. I have been eighty years at it, and have not reached my goal.