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, 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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    Fortunately, we can take in only so much misfortune; what exceeds that limit either destroys us or leaves us indifferent.
    —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

    Superstition belongs to the essence of mankind and takes refuge, when one thinks one has suppressed it completely, in the strangest nooks and crannies; once it is safely ensconced there, it suddenly reappears.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

    Great thoughts and a pure heart, that is what we should ask from God.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

    We can most safely achieve truly universal tolerance when we respect that which is characteristic in the individual and in nations, clinging, though, to the conviction that the truly meritorious is unique by belonging to all of mankind.
    —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

    Why go further and further,
    Look, happiness is right here.
    Learn how to grab hold of luck,
    For luck is always there.
    —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

    There is nothing outside of us that is not at the same time in us, and as the external world has its colors the eye, too, has colors.
    —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

    Translators can be considered as busy matchmakers who praise as extremely desirable a half-veiled beauty. They arouse an irresistible yearning for the original.
    —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)