Who is Johann Wolfgang von Goethe?

  • (noun): German poet and novelist and dramatist who lived in Weimar (1749-1832).
    Synonyms: Goethe

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (, 28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer, artist, and politician. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, and over 10,000 letters written by him are extant, as are nearly 3,000 drawings.

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... Near the end of Book XI of his autobiography, Dichtung und Wahrheit ("Poetry and Truth"), Goethe wrote, almost in passing. ...
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... Goethe had a great effect on the nineteenth century ... Goethe embodied many of the contending strands in art over the next century his work could be lushly emotional, and rigorously formal, brief and epigrammatic ... Goethe was also a cultural force, who argued that the organic nature of the land moulded the people and their customs—an argument that has recurred ever since ...

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    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)

    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)

    Nature is so perfect that the Trinity couldn’t have fashioned her any more perfect. She is an organ on which our Lord plays and the devil works the bellows.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

    Someone criticized an elderly man for wooing young women. He replied that that was the only way to rejuvenation, which was, after all, everybody’s wish.
    —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

    One usually thinks people to be more dangerous than they are.
    —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

    Everything perfect in its kind has to transcend its own kind, it must become something different and incomparable. In some notes the nightingale is still a bird; then it rises above its class and seems to suggest to every winged creature what singing is truly like.
    —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

    The most passionate, consistent, extreme and implacable enemy of the Enlightenment and ... all forms of rationalism ... was Johann Georg Hamann. His influence, direct and indirect, upon the romantic revolt against universalism and scientific method ... was considerable and perhaps crucial.
    Isaiah Berlin (b. 1909)

    People can only live with their equals, and not even with them; for in the long run they cannot tolerate that someone is their equal.
    —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)