If Possible

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

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


4 comments on “If Possible

  1. shoreacres says:

    This is one of my favorite quotations, although I’ve never seen this version. I’ve always known it as, “A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”

    It doesn’t appear in the archives of “The Quote Investigator”, which suggests there hasn’t been much controversy about attribution or wording, but my goodness! It’s everywhere else. A Google Book search turned up pages and pages of sources for it – clearly, it’s been a favorite since Goethe first penned it.


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