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JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
German poet
(1749 - 1832)
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Beloved brother, let us not forget that man can never get away from himself.
  [Ger., Lass uns, geliebter Bruder, nicht vergessen,
    Dass von sich selbst der Mensch nicht scheiden kann.]
      - Torquato Tasso (I, 2, 85) [Man]

He who does not see the whole world in his friends, does not deserve that the world should hear of him.
  [Ger., Wer nicht die Welt in seinen Freunden sicht
    Verdient nicht, dass die Welt von ihm erfahre.]
      - Torquato Tasso (I, 3, 68) [Friends]

The rabble also vent their rage in words.
  [Ger., Es macht das Volk sich auch mit Worten Lust.]
      - Torquato Tasso (II, 2, 201) [Words]

It is the fortunate who should extol fortune.
  [Ger., Das Gluck erhebe billig der Begluckte.]
      - Torquato Tasso (II, 3, 115) [Fortune]

What a mighty spirit in a narrow bosom.
  [Ger., Welch' hoher Geist in einer engen Brust.]
      - Torquato Tasso (II, 3, 199) [Character]

The coward only threatens when he is safe.
  [Ger., Der Fiege droht nur, wo er sicher ist.]
      - Torquato Tasso (II, 3, 207) [Cowards]

Love grants in a moment
  What toil can hardly achieve in an age.
    [Ger., In einem Augenblick gewahrt die Liebe
      Was Muhe kaum in langer Zeit erreicht.]
      - Torquato Tasso (II, 3, 76) [Love]

No sacred fane requires us to submit to insult.
  [Ger., Kein Heiligthum heisst uns den Schimpf ertragen.]
      - Torquato Tasso (III, 3, 191) [Insult]

We always hope, and in all things it is better to hope than to despair.
  [Ger., Wir hoffen immer, und in allen Dingen
    Ist besser hoffen als verzweifeln.]
      - Torquato Tasso (III, 4, 197) [Hope]

A wounded heart can with difficulty be cured.
  [Ger., Doch ein gekranktes Herz erholt sich schwer.]
      - Torquato Tasso (IV, 4, 24) [Heart]

The day of fortune is like a harvest day,
  We must be busy when the corn is ripe.
    [Ger., Ein tag der Gunst ist wie ein Tag der Ernte,
      Man muss geschaftig sein sobald sie reift.]
      - Torquato Tasso (IV, 4, 62) [Fortune]

The present is a powerful deity.
  [Ger., Die Gegenwart ist eine machtige Gottin.]
      - Torquato Tasso (IV, 4, 67) [Today]

In the twilight of morning to climb to the top of the mountain,--
  Thee to salute, kindly star, earliest herald of day,--
    And to await, with impatience, the gaze of the ruler of heaven.--
      Youthful delight, oh, how oft lur'st thou me out in the night.
      - Venetian Epigrams [Twilight]

To a valet no man is a hero.
  [Ger., Es gibt fur den Kammerdiener keiner Helden.]
      - Wahlverwandtschaften
         (II, 5, Aus Ottilien's Tagebuche)
        [Heroes]

What one has wished for in youth, in old age one has in abundance.
  [Ger., Was man in der Jugend wunscht, hat man im Alter die Fulle.]
      - Wahrheit und Dichtung (motto to part II)
        [Wishes]

Care is taken that trees do not grow into the sky.
  [Ger., Es ist dafur gesorgt, dass die Baume nicht in den Himmel wachsen.]
      - Wahrheit und Dichtung (motto to pt. III)
        [Trees]

Mein Erbteil wie herrlich, weit und breit;
  Die Zeit ist mein Besitz, mein Acker ist die Zeit.
      - Westostliche Divan (VI, Buch der Spruche),
        original German version (see Carlyle's translations)
        [Time]

Who never ate his bread in sorrow,
  Who never spent the darksome hours
    Weeping, and watching for the morrow,--
      He knows ye not, ye gloomy Powers.
        [Ger., Wer nie sein Brod mit Thranen ass,
          Wer nicht die kummervollen Nachte
            Auf seinem Bette weinend sass,
              Der kennt euch nicht, ihr himmlischen Machte.]
      - Wilhelm Meister (bk. II, ch. XIII)
        [Sorrow]

Whoever gives himself up to solitude,
  Ah! he is soon alone.
    [Ger., Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergiebt,
      Ach! der ist bald allein.]
      - Wilhelm Meister (II, 13) [Solitude]

If I love you, what business is that of yours?
  [Ger., Wenn ich dich lieb habe, was geht's dich an?]
      - Wilhelm Meister (IV, 9) [Love]

My inheritance how lordly wide and fair;
  Time is my fair seed-field, to Time I'm heir.
      - Wilhelm Meister's Travels,
        (version translated by Carlyle in "Chartism", ch. X)
        [Time]

My inheritance, how wide and fair
  Time is my estate; to Time I'm heir.
    [Ger., Mein Vermachtniss, wie herrlich weit und breit;
      Die Zeit ist mein Vermachtniss, mein Acker ist die Zeit.]
      - Wilhelm Meister's Travels,
        (version translated by Carlyle in "Sartor Resartus")
        [Time]

As all Nature's thousands changes
  But one changeless God proclaim;
    So in Art's wide kingdom ranges
      One sole meaning still the same:
        This is Truth, eternal Reason,
          Which from Beauty takes its dress,
            And serene through time and season
              Stands for aye in loveliness.
      - Wilhelm Meister's Travels
         (ch. XIV (in Carlyle's edition, ch. III, 128))
        [Art]

Knowest thou the land where the lemon-trees flourish, where amid the shadowed leaves the golden oranges glisten,--a gentle zephyr breathes from the blue heavens, the myrtle is motionless, and the laurel rises high? Dost thou know it well? Thither, thither, fain would I fly with thee, O my beloved!
  [Ger., Kennst du das Land wo die Citronen bluhen,
    Im dunkeln Laub die Gold-Orangen gluhn,
      Ein sanfter Wind vom blauen Himmel weht
        Die Myrtle still und hoch der Lorbeer steht?
          Kennst du es wohl?
            Dahin! Dahin,
              Mocht' ich mit dir, O mein Geliebter, ziehn.
      - Wilhelm Meister--Mignon's Lied [Oranges]

Sing it not in mournful numbers.
  [Ger., Singet nicht in Trauertonen.]
      - Wilhelm Meister--Philine [Life]


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