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Inspirational Quotes from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Inspirational Quotes for Speeches


These quotes from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe would be great additions to graduation or other classroom speeches. Use these in conjunction with themes and speech writing techniques.
  • Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it.

  • Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.

  • Those who hope for no other life are dead even for this.

  • What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.

  • Destiny grants us our wishes, but in its own way, in order to give us something beyond our wishes.

  • Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.

  • There is no past that we can bring back by longing for it. There is only an eternally new now that builds and creates itself out of the best as the past withdraws.

  • All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them really ours we must think them over again honestly till they take root in our personal expression.

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

  • Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.

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