Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

  • ''We cannot remain long in a conscious state or in consciousness, we must take refuge again in the unconscious since there are our roots.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversation with Friedrich Wilhelm Riemer (August 5, 1810).
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  • ''War is in truth a disease in which the juices that serve health and maintenance are used for the sole purpose of nourishing something foreign, something at odds with nature.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversation with Friedrich Wilhelm Riemer (December 13, 1806).
  • ''You don't love if you don't take the beloved's faults for virtues.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).
  • ''Patriotism ruins history.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversation with Friedrich Wilhelm Riemer (July, 1817).
  • ''Words express neither objects nor ourselves.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).
  • ''Mankind? That is an abstraction. There have always been and always will be only individuals.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversation with Heinrich Luden (August 19, 1806).
  • ''To become aware in time when young of the advantages of age; to maintain the advantages of youth in old age: both are pure fortune.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).
  • ''It is better for you to suffer an injustice than for the world to be without law. Therefore, let everyone submit to the law.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).
  • ''New inventions can and will be made; however, nothing new can be thought of that concerns moral man. Everything has already been thought and said which at best we can express in different forms and give new expressions to.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversation with Joseph Sebastian Grüner (August 24, 1823).
  • ''You can put up with everything in this world except not with a long stretch of beautiful days.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. "Section Proverbial of Poems," (1815).

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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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Living Remembrance

HALF vex'd, half pleased, thy love will feel,
Shouldst thou her knot or ribbon steal;
To thee they're much--I won't conceal;

Such self-deceit may pardon'd be;
A veil, a kerchief, garter, rings,
In truth are no mean trifling things,

But still they're not enough for me.

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