Goethe on treating others

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (August 28, 1749 – March 22, 1832) was a German writer and statesman. His works include: four novels; epic and lyric poetry; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; and treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour. Wikipedia

3 thoughts on “Goethe on treating others”

  1. I think it takes a genius of the human condition, as Goethe no doubt was, to be able to discern just what that nuance of treatment would be in a given situation.

  2. This construct is fabulous, if each person had a practical use of their native tongue. As well some basic understanding of the meaning of the word’s they use in every day conversation’s. However let’s get all around with nuance, if a person’s mental, emotional state is subverted in self destructive identities, emotional shocker’s, as said nuances. Regardless of how one treats, speaks to said person, those nuances will win the moment, and the day. Especially when said person is a parent, or authority. Unless the speaker, treater is able to speak directly to said nuances with authority, and conviction. Thane, Jesus, Buddha, and how many other person’s both public and private have experienced this, directly. Even Jesus said a prophet has no honor in his own home, or town. I’m not disagreeing with this construct, simply saying that one has to speak to those nuances directly, as in sensing the treated person actual identity, beyond the ghost’s of the past. The only way that’s going to be experienced is to get beyond our own ghost’s of the past. Bring’s up another very interesting thought, I’ve used the term gentlemen in conversation’s with working management. And have been rhetorically chastised, thus obviously weren’t, prepared of used to same status of mind, belief.
    Interesting gentlemen, genius in partridges is [ general] . Perhaps this exudes how we think, believe, or feel about our own manifestation, first, then how we treat other’s.

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