Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The poem has a social effect of some kind whether or not the poet wills it to have. It has a kenetic force, it sets in motion...elements in the reader that would otherwise remain stagnant.” ― Denise Levertov

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe "Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words. "

Goethe's Poems (1874)


Postcard by Erich Schütz (1886-1937) for the poem ‘Der Fischer / The Fisherman’ by Johann Wolfgang Goethe.

Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Illustrated by Harry Clarke

Erich Schütz (1886-1937) for the poem ‘Der Zauberlehrling / The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ by Johann Wolfgang Goethe.

Poem by Goethe, “Ginkgo Biloba.” Copy of the original of Goethe’s poem with ginkgo-leaves pasted on it by Goethe himself. September 15, 1815. | Excerpt: "Is this a single thing that is in itself divided? Or two things that to the world appear as one? ... In my songs, do you not sense that I am both one and double?"

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life's realities.” ― Dr. Seuss

Goethe's Poems © 1899 by D.C.Heath & Co. [Preface: In the preparation of this selection of the poems of Goethe, arranged in chronological order, my desire has been to furnish a commentary which should give the necessary exolanations of words and phrases and also the history of the origin of each poem, so far as this is known... The text is that of the Weimar edition.] Charles Harris, Cleveland, September, 1899.

“I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one. . . . Humans are caught—in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too—in a net of good and evil. . . . There is no other story. A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean questions: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well—or ill?” ― John Steinbeck

“Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul.” ― Anne Lamott

“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.” ― Carl Sagan

“Love is like a tree: it grows by itself, roots itself deeply in our being and continues to flourish over a heart in ruin. The inexplicable fact is that the blinder it is, the more tenacious it is. It is never stronger than when it is completely unreasonable.” ― Victor Hugo

George Bernard Shaw

John Donne's ''Poetry''

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” ― Madeleine L'Engle

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow...