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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Goethe in 1828
Goethe in 1828

Born

28 August 1749 Free Imperial City of Frankfurt, Holy Roman Empire

Died

22 March 1832 Weimar, Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, German Confederation

Occupation

Poet, novelist, playwright, natural philosopher, diplomat, civil servant

Nationality

German

Alma mater

  • Leipzig University
  • University of Strasbourg

Literary movement

  • Sturm und Drang
  • Weimar Classicism
  • Romanticism in science

Notable works

Faust ;The Sorrows of Young Werther ;Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship ;Elective Affinities ; " Prometheus ";Zur Farbenlehre ;Italienische Reise ;West–östlicher Divan

Spouse

Christiane Vulpius ( m.  1806; died 1816)

Children

5
  • Julius August Walter  

Relatives

Cornelia SchlosserChristian August Vulpius

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Johann Wolfgang Goethe tə/, German: [ˈjoːhan ˈvɔlfɡaŋ fɔn ˈɡøːtə] ; 28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and statesman. His works include four novels; epic and lyric poetry; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; and treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour. In addition, there are numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him extant.

A literary celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe was ennobled by the Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Karl August, in 1782 after taking up residence there in November 1775 following the success of his first novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther . He was an early participant in the Sturm und Drang literary movement. During his first ten years in Weimar, Goethe was a member of the Duke's privy council, sat on the war and highway commissions, oversaw the reopening of silver mines in nearby Ilmenau, and implemented a series of administrative reforms at the University of Jena. He also contributed to the planning of Weimar's botanical park and the rebuilding of its Ducal Palace. In 1998 both these sites together with nine others were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site under the name Classical Weimar.

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Error is acceptable as long as we are young but one must not drag it along into old age. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Error is acceptable as long as we are young but one must not drag it along into old age.

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Age merely shows what children we remain. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Age merely shows what children we remain.

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The credit of advancing science has always been due to individuals and never to the age. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The credit of advancing science has always been due to individuals and never to the age.

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The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.

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This is the highest wisdom that I own: freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

This is the highest wisdom that I own: freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.

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What is uttered from the heart alone, Will win the hearts of others to your own. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What is uttered from the heart alone, Will win the hearts of others to your own.

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The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them.

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I call architecture frozen music. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I call architecture frozen music.

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Personality is everything in art and poetry. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Personality is everything in art and poetry.

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The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art.

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In art the best is good enough. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In art the best is good enough.

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He who possesses art and science has religion; he who does not possess them, needs religion. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He who possesses art and science has religion; he who does not possess them, needs religion.

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The biggest problem with every art is by the use of appearance to create a loftier reality. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The biggest problem with every art is by the use of appearance to create a loftier reality.

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It is after all the greatest art to limit and isolate oneself. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is after all the greatest art to limit and isolate oneself.

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Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.

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Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.

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