Few people are capable of concerning themselves with the most recent past. Either the present holds us violently captive, or we lose ourselves in the distant past and strive with might and main to recall and restore what is irrevocably lost. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Elective Affinities. (Oxford University Press, March 1999) Originally published… Continue reading Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart. ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust: First Part, (Bantam Books; Reissue edition, August 1, 1988) Originally published 1808.
I am proud of my heart alone, it is the sole source of everything, all our strength, happiness and misery. All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own. ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther. (Modern Library; Reprint edition, February 8, 2005) Originally published… Continue reading Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The highest goal that man can achieve is amazement. ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Theory of Colours. (The M.I.T. Press; 1st edition March 15, 1970) Originally published 1810.
Blue gives us an impression of cold, and thus, again, reminds us of shade. We have before spoken of its affinity with black. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Theory of Colours. (The M.I.T. Press; 1st edition March 15, 1970) Originally published 1810.
There is no past we can bring back by longing for it. There is only an eternal now that builds and creates out of the past something new and better. ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If I love you, what business is it of yours? ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship. Bk. IV, Ch. 9. (Johann Friedrich Unger [Berlin] 1795–1796)