Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832

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I never knew a more presumptuous person than myself. The fact that I say that shows that what I say is true.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).
Artists have a double relationship towards nature: they are her master and her slave at the same time. They are her slave in so far as they must work with means of this world so as to be understood; her master in so far as they subject these means to their higher goals and make them subservient to them.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversations with Eckermann (April 18, 1827).
The day is for mistake and error, sequence of time for success and carrying out. The one who anticipates is master of the day.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).

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Fuer Sie, liebe Gisela: In allen Wipfeln spuerest Du kaum einen Hauch. Die Voegelein schweigen im Walde, warte nur, balde ruhest auch Du.
I am going to have my 86.Birthday and I am looking for the little poem by Goethe, which was drummed into us besides other poetry by my teacher: 'Ueber allen Gipfeln ist Ruh' and I can't remember the rest completely. Can anyone help
Gut! Ein Mittel, ohne Geld Und Arzt und Zauberei zu haben: Begib dich gleich hinaus aufs Feld, Fang an zu hacken und zu graben, Erhalte dich und deinen Sinn In einem ganz beschraunken Kreise, Ernauhre dich mit ungemischter Speise, Leb Mit dem Vieh als Vieh, and acht es nicht fur Raub, Den Acker, den du erntest, selbst zu dungen; Das ist das beste Mittel, glaub, Auf achtzig Jahr dich zu verjungenl - Good! A method can be used without physicians, gold, or magic, Go out into the open field and start to dig and cultivate; keep your body and your spirit in a humble and restricted sphere, sustain yourself by simple fare, live with your herd and spread your own manure on land from which you reap your nourishment. Believe me, that's the best procedure to keep your youth for eighty years or more. [Faust - A Witch's Kitchen - (Mephistopheles to Faust) ]
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