Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

  • ''For usually people resist as long as they can to dismiss the fool they harbor in their bosom, they resist to confess a major mistake or to admit a truth that makes them despair.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, bk. II, ch. 2 (1795-1796).
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  • ''Our modern wars make many unhappy while they last and make no one happy when they are finished.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Italian Journey, Rome, September 6, 1787 (1829).
  • ''One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, bk. 5, ch. 1 (1795-1796), trans. by Thomas Carlyle.
  • ''What matters in art is not thinking but making.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Italian Journey, part II, Rome, July 5, 1787 (1829).
  • ''Stones are mute teachers; they silence the observer, and the most valuable lesson we learn from them we cannot communicate.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, from Makarie's Archive (1829).
  • ''Nature is, after all, the only book that offers important content on every page.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Italian Journey, part I, Naples, March 9, 1787 (1817).
  • ''The question "From where does the poet get it?" addresses only the what, nobody learns anything about the how when asking that question.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, Reflections in the Spirit of the Travellers (1829).
  • ''That we understand something perfectly, that we accomplish something better than anyone else around us, that is what matters.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Jarno in Wilhelm Meister's Travels, bk. II, ch. 11 (1829).
  • ''The new vulcanism is really a daring attempt to connect the present, incomprehensible world to a past, unknown one.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, Reflections in the Spirit of the Travellers (1829).
  • ''One spares old people just as one spares children.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, Reflections in the Spirit of the Travellers (1829).

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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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