"Which government is the best? The one that teaches us to govern ourselves."
"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities."Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on Thomas Jefferson
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on Winston Churchill
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on Thomas Jefferson
"Government is not reason it is not eloquent it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on George Washington
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one."Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on Thomas Paine
"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."