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German poet
(1749 - 1832)
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You must either conquer and rule or serve and lose, suffer or triumph, be the anvil or the hammer.
      - [Conquest]

Tell me, eyes, what 'tis ye're seeking;
  For ye're saying something sweet,
    Fit the ravish'd ear to greet.
      Eloquently, softly speaking.
      - April [Eyes]

The sagacious reader who is capable of reading between these lines what does not stand written in them, but is nevertheless implied, will be able to form some conception.
      - Autobiography
         (bk. XVIII, Truth and Beauty) [Reading]

Architecture is frozen music.
  [Ger., Die Backunst ist eine erstarrte Musik.]
      - Conversation with Eckermann [Architecture]

Alas! sorrow from happiness is oft evolved.
  [Ger., Ach! aus dem Gluck entwickelt oft sich Schmerz.]
      - Dei Naturliche Tochter (II, 3, 17)

True happiness springs from moderation.
  [Ger., Aus Massigkeit entspringt ein reines Gluck.]
      - Die Naturliche Tochter (II, 5, 79)

The society of women is the foundation of good manners.
  [Ger., Der Umgang mit Frauen ist das Element guter Sitten.]
      - Die Wahlverwandtschaften (II, 5) [Women]

Behavior is a mirror in which every one shows his image.
  [Ger., Das Betragen ist ein Spiegel in welchem jeder sein Bild zeigt.]
      - Die Wahlverwandtschaften
         (II, 5, Aus Ottiliens Tagebuche)

Girls we love for what they are;
  Young men for what they promise to be.
    [Ger., Man liebt an dem Madchen was es ist,
      Und an dem Jungling was er ankundigt.]
      - Die Wahrheit und Dichtung (III, 14) [Love]

Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others,
  And in their pleasure takes joy, even as though t'were his own.
      - Distichs [Happiness]

In so great a danger the faintest hope should be considered.
  [Ger., Bei so grosser Gefahr kommt die leichteste Hoffnung in Anschlag.]
      - Egmont (II) [Hope]

On every mountain height
  Is rest.
      - Ein Gleiches [Mountains : Rest]

Cursed Mammon be, when he with treasures
  To restless action spurs our fate!
    Cursed when for soft, indulgent leisures,
      He lays for us the pillows straight.
      - Faust [Mammon]

It is one of Heaven's best gifts to hold such a dear creature in one's arms.
  [Ger., Es ist eine der grossten Himmelsgaben,
    So ein lieb' Ding im Arm zu haben.]
      - Faust [Love]

Stood I, O Nature! man alone in thee
  Then were it worth one's while a man to be.
      - Faust [Man]

I feel as stupid, from all you've said
  As if a mill-wheel whirled in my head.
    [Ger., Mir wird von alledem so dumm,
      Als ging 'mir ein Muhlrad im Kopf herum.]
      - Faust (act I, Schulerszene) [Speech]

Yes! to this thought I hold with firm persistence;
  The last result of wisdom stamps it true;
    He only earns his freedom and existence
      Who daily conquers them anew.
      - Faust (act V, sc. 6) [Freedom]

A fiery chariot, borne on buoyant pinions,
  Sweeps near me now! I soon shall ready be
    To pierce the ther's high, unknown dominions,
      To reach new spheres of pure activity!
      - Faust (bk. I, sc. 1) [Action]

Thus at Time's humming loom I ply.
  [Ger., So schaff' ich am sausenden Webstuhl der Zeit.]
      - Faust (I, 1, 156) [Time]

You'll never attain it unless you know the feeling.
  [Ger., Wenn ihr's nicht fuhlt ihr werdet's nicht erjagen.]
      - Faust (I, 1, 182) [Feeling]

Yet through delivery orators succeed,
  I feel that I am far behind indeed.
    [Ger., Allein der Vortrag macht des Redners Gluck,
      Ich fuhl es wohl noch bin ich weit zuruck.]
      - Faust (I, 1, 194) [Oratory]

With little art, clear wit and sense
  Suggest their own delivery.
    [Ger., Es tragt Verstand und rechter Sinn,
      Mit wenig Kunst sich selber vor.]
      - Faust (I, 1, 198) [Oratory]

The fine emotions whence our lives we mold
  Lie in the earthly tumult dumb and cold.
    [Ger., Die uns das Leben gaben, herrliche Gefuhle,
      Erstarren in dem irdischen Gewuhle.]
      - Faust (I, 1, 286) [Life]

Your messages I hear, but faith has not been given;
  The dearest child of Faith is Miracle
    [Ger., Die Botschaft hor' ich wohl, allein mir fehlt der Glaube;
      Das Wunder ist des Glaubens liebstes Kind.]
      - Faust (I, 1, 413) [Faith]

My peace is gone, my heart is heavy.
  [Ger., Meine Ruh ist hin,
    Mein Herz ist schwer.]
      - Faust (I, 15) [Heart]

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