Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

After all, poets shouldn't be their own interpreters and shouldn't carefully dissect their poems into everyday prose; that would mean the end of being poets. Poets send their creations into the world, it is up to the reader, the aesthetician, and the critic to determine what they wanted to say with their creations.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversation with Heinrich Luden (August 19, 1806).
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It is better for you to suffer an injustice than for the world to be without law. Therefore, let everyone submit to the law.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).
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New inventions can and will be made; however, nothing new can be thought of that concerns moral man. Everything has already been thought and said which at best we can express in different forms and give new expressions to.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversation with Joseph Sebastian Grüner (August 24, 1823).
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You can put up with everything in this world except not with a long stretch of beautiful days.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. "Section Proverbial of Poems," (1815).
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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), German poet, dramatist. Conversation with Sulpiz Boisserée (September 8, 1815).
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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), German poet, dramatist. Serlo, in Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, bk. 5, ch. 1 (1795-1796), trans. by Thomas Carlyle.
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When married one has to get into an argument once in a while since in this way one learns about the other.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Eduard, in Elective Affinities, bk. I, ch. 2 (1809).
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Every day one should at least listen to a little song, read a good poem, look at a fine painting, and, if possible, say a few reasonable words.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Serlo, in Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, bk. V, ch. 1 (1795-1796).
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Voluntary dependence is the wonderful form of existence, and how could that be possible without love?
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Elective Affinities, bk. II, ch. 5 (1809).
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So much has already been said about Shakespeare that there doesn't seem to be anything more to say; yet it is the quality of the spirit that it forever stimulates the spirit.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Shakespeare and No End (1813).
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