"Personality is everything in art and poetry."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on Robert Frost
"Error is acceptable as long as we are young but one must not drag it along into old age."
"Age merely shows what children we remain."
"The credit of advancing science has always been due to individuals and never to the age."
"The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone."
"This is the highest wisdom that I own freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew."