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 ... 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 ...
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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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    To be sure, a good work of art can and will have moral consequences, but to demand of the artists moral intentions, means ruining their craft.
    —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

    One must be something to be able to do something.
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    One of the most striking signs of the decay of art is the intermixing of different genres.
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    Normally, people believe that, if they hear just words, that these words must lead to some thought.
    —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

    Patriotism ruins history.
    —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

    The older I get the more I trust in the law according to which the rose and the lily bloom.
    —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

    Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.
    —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)