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

2 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.

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