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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Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe - Influence
... 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, and epic ... 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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... Near the end of Book XI of his autobiography, Dichtung und Wahrheit ("Poetry and Truth"), Goethe wrote, almost in passing. ...

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    A leaf that is supposed to grow is full of wrinkles and creases before it develops; if one doesn’t have the patience and wants the leaf to be as smooth as a willow leaf from the start, then there is a problem.
    —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

    Very few people love others for what they are; rather, they love what they lend them, their own selves, their own idea of them.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

    The force of a language does not consist of rejecting what is foreign but of swallowing it.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

    I curse all negative purism that tells me not to use a word from another language that either expresses something that my own language cannot or does that in a more delicate manner.
    —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

    Upon the creatures we have made,
    We are, ourselves, at last, dependent.
    —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

    If we could do away with death, we wouldn’t object; to do away with capital punishment will be more difficult. Were that to happen, we would reinstate it from time to time.
    —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

    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)