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Goethe's Opinions on the World, Mankind, Literature, Science, and Art
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Page 116 - Tu dicis quia rex sum ego. Ego in hoc natus sum, et ad hoc veni in mundum, ut testimonium perhibeam veritati; omnis qui est ex veritate, audit vocem meam.
Page 169 - Poets may be found in the fact, that no such publication exists. The only Collections we possess consist of naked and frequently imperfect Texts, put forth without sufficient literary supervision. Independently of other defects, these voluminous Collections are incomplete as a whole, from their omissions of many Poets -whose works are of the highest interest, while the total absence of critical and illustrative Notes renders them comparatively worthless to the Student of our National Literature....
Page 30 - There are three classes of readers : some enjoy without judgment; others judge without enjoyment ; and some there are who judge while they enjoy, and enjoy while they judge.
Page 110 - Generally speaking, an author's style is a faithful copy of his mind. If you would write a lucid style, let there first be light in your own mind; and if you would write a grand style, you ought to have a grand character.
Page 169 - Poetry, edited throughout with judgment and integrity , and combining those features of research, typographical elegance, and economy of price, which the present age demands. The Edition now proposed will be distinguished from all preceding Editions in many important respects. It will include the works of several Poets entirely omitted from previous Collections, especially those stores of Lyrical and Ballad Poetry in which our Literature is richer than that of any other Country, and which, independently...
Page 76 - Goethe, u is inexplicable; it appears to us as a dream, when we contemplate the works of great artists; it is a hovering, floating, and glittering shadow, whose outline eludes the grasp of definition.
Page 21 - That is the true season of love, when we believe that we alone can love, that no one could ever have loved so before us, and that no one will love in the same way after us.— Goethe.
Page 59 - There is no trifling with nature; it is always tme, grave, and severe; it is always in the right, and the faults and errors fall to our share. It defies incompetency, but reveals its secrets to the competent, the truthful, and the pure.
Page 76 - Mendelsshon, the philosopher, grandfather of the composer, and others, tried to catch Beauty as a butterfly, and pin it down for inspection. They have succeeded in the same way as they are likely to succeed with a butterfly. The poor animal trembles and struggles, and its brightest colors are gone ; or, if you catch it without spoiling the colors, you have at best a stiff and awkward corpse. But a corpse is not an entire animal, it wants what is essential in all things, namely, life — spirit, which...