Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

  • ''One errs as long as one strives.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Faust I, Prologue in Heaven (1808).
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  • ''The world is for thousands a freak show; the images flicker past and vanish; the impressions remain flat and unconnected in the soul. Thus they are easily led by the opinions of others, are content to let their impressions be shuffled and rearranged and evaluated differently.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. "Third Pilgrimage to Erwin's Grave," Aus Goethes Brieftasche (1776).
  • ''Two souls, alas! reside within my breast.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Faust, in Faust, pt. 1, ch. 2, "Before The City Gate," l. 1112 (1808), trans. by Bayard Taylor (1870-1871).
  • ''The true poet is called to take in the splendor of the world and for that reason will always be inclined to praise rather than to find fault.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. West-East Divan, Dachelsleddin Rumi (1819).
  • ''The deed is everything, the glory naught.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Faust, in Faust, pt. 2, act 4, sc. 1, "High Mountains," (1832), trans. by Bayard Taylor (1870-1871).
  • ''Two souls dwell, alas! in my breast.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Faust, in Faust I, before the city gate (1808).
  • ''Paternity is based anyhow only upon conviction: I am convinced, therefore, I am the father.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm, in Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, bk. VIII, ch. 6 (1795-1796).
  • ''In the colorful reflection we have what is life.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Faust in Faust II, act 1, Pleasant Landscape (1828).
  • ''One doesn't always lose when one has to do without.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, bk. VII, ch. 3 (1795-1796).
  • ''There are but few who have ideas and are, at the same time, capable of action. Ideas enlarge but stymie, action enlivens but confines.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, bk. VIII, ch. 5 (1795-1796).

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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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Night Thoughts

OH, unhappy stars! your fate I mourn,

Ye by whom the sea-toss'd sailor's lighted,
Who with radiant beams the heav'ns adorn,

But by gods and men are unrequited:
For ye love not,--ne'er have learnt to love!
Ceaselessly in endless dance ye move,
In the spacious sky your charms displaying,

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