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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Longing

WHAT pulls at my heart so?

What tells me to roam?
What drags me and lures me

From chamber and home?
How round the cliffs gather

The clouds high in air!

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