Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

(28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832 / Frankfurt am Main)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

  • ''Each one of us must carry within the proof of immortality, it cannot be given from outside of us. To be sure, everything in nature is change but behind the change there is something eternal.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversations with Friedrich von Müller (May 5, 1822).
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  • ''The greatest happiness for the thinking person is to have explored the explorable and to venerate in equanimity that which cannot be explored.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).
  • ''In politics people throw themselves, as on a sickbed, from one side to the other in the belief they will lie more comfortably.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversation with Friedrich von Müller (December 29, 1825).
  • ''Tolerance should really be only a temporary attitude; it must lead to recognition. To tolerate means to offend.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).
  • ''I come more and more to the conclusion that one must take the side of the minority which is always the more intelligent one.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversation with Friedrich von Müller (March 6, 1828).
  • ''Very few people love others for what they are; rather, they love what they lend them, their own selves, their own idea of them.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversation with Friedrich Wilhelm Rieder (1803-1814).
  • ''So divinely is the world organized that every one of us, in our place and time, is in balance with everything else.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversation with Friedrich Wilhelm Riemer (July 3, 1810).
  • ''It doesn't behoove elderly persons to follow fashion in their thinking nor in the way they dress.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).
  • ''Our foibles are really what make us lovable.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversation with Friedrich Wilhelm Riemer (May 17, 1807).
  • ''Experiments are mediators between nature and idea.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).

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Best Poem of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Erl-King

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WHO rides there so late through the night dark and drear?
The father it is, with his infant so dear;
He holdeth the boy tightly clasp'd in his arm,
He holdeth him safely, he keepeth him warm.

"My son, wherefore seek'st thou thy face thus to hide?"
"Look, father, the Erl-King is close by our side!
Dost see not the Erl-King, with crown and with train?"
"My son, 'tis the mist rising over the plain."

"Oh, come, thou dear infant! oh come thou with me!
Full many a game I will play there with thee;
On my strand, lovely flowers their blossoms unfold,
My ...

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To Belinda

WHEREFORE drag me to yon glittering eddy,

With resistless might?
Was I, then, not truly blest already

In the silent night?

In my secret chamber refuge taking,

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