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    Quotes from Goethe's Faust

    Hello everyone! I very recently read Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and what a piece of work (apparently written throughout all of the poet's lifetime)! But I think that seems a topic besides quotations. I collected some priceless quotes I thought to share. Enjoy.

    "Age does not make men childish as folks tell us
    it only finds them children to the end."

    "The glorious feelings, those that most we prized,
    That made indeed our very life of life,
    In the world's turmoil and ignoble strife
    Are sear'd and paralysed."

    "All that philosophy can teach,
    The lore of jurist and of leech,
    I've mastered, ah! and sweated through
    Theology's dead deserts, too,
    Yete here, poor fool! for all my lore,
    I stand no wiser than before."

    "Art is long, time short."

    "[Words] must flow out from the heart.
    And, when the soul is touched with passion's flame,
    We look around and ask - Who burns the same?"

    "Nor past nor future now the soul employ,
    The present only constitutes our joy."

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    Hello,

    I was wondering if you could give the page numbers to the quotes you have graciously shared?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marla
    Hello,

    I was wondering if you could give the page numbers to the quotes you have graciously shared?
    Hello, marla.
    Ironic that someone should reply to this thread so suddenly, as I intended on posting more quotes from Goethe, but from another of his works, The Sorrows of Young Werther.
    To answer your question, and please pardon my laziness for not re-searching for each quote, but the answer of which you seek really depends on the translator and edition. Sir Theodore Martin translated my copy of Faust, and this translation first appeared in 1908, but underwent re-publishing in 1954.
    I apologize that I cannot answer your question more thoroughly and specifically, but if these quotes interest you, I have no doubt that each translation (from German) does not drastically read differently from another.
    Good luck!

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    ...und sehe dass wir nichts wissen Konnen...

    ...and I see that we cannot know anything...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mono View Post
    Hello everyone! I very recently read Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and what a piece of work (apparently written throughout all of the poet's lifetime)! But I think that seems a topic besides quotations. I collected some priceless quotes I thought to share. Enjoy.

    "All that philosophy can teach,
    The lore of jurist and of leech,
    I've mastered, ah! and sweated through
    Theology's dead deserts, too,
    Yete here, poor fool! for all my lore,
    I stand no wiser than before."
    Hello! Can anyone tell me, from which of the translations of Faust is this quote? Can't find it

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    "Prologue from Heaven"


    Those three words are so cool

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    Almost as cool as "Prelude in the Theatre"

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    Please help me! ((

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    I loved, "I am the spirit that denies"

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    And this is cool:


    MEPHISTOPHELES The modest truth I speak to thee.
    If Man, the microcosmic fool, can see
    Himself a whole so frequently,
    Part of the Part am I, once All, in primal Night,--
    Part of the Darkness which brought forth the Light,
    The haughty light, which mow disputes the space,
    And claims of Mother Night her ancient place.
    And yet, the struggle fails; since Light, however weaves,
    Still, fettered, unto bodies cleaves:
    It flows from bodies, bodies beautifies;
    By bodies is its course impeded;
    And so, but little time is needed,
    I hope, ere, as the bodies die, it dies!

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    Yes, very cool and very scientific. Not everybody realizes how experimental and sensual Goethe was. Many have mocked the devil, but he did it with scientific detachment and success for the first time in history.

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    'The eternal Feminine draws us aloft'?

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    Alas, I have studied philosophy, / the law as well as medicine, / and to my sorrow, theology; / studied them well with ardent zeal, / yet here I am, a wretched fool, / no wiser than I was before."
    These lines introduce Faust’s character. He sits in his study and laments that although he has studied all of the world's great knowledge, he feels no wiser from it. These words set up the central motivation of the play, Faust's desire to transcend human knowledge in order to gain divine knowledge. The situation is also a metaphor for what Goethe sees as the conundrum of Modernism, in which mankind relies on strict rationalism instead of striving for a deeper and more divine knowledge to understand the world.
    Life is made up of sobs, sniffles and smiles with sniffes predomi-nating.

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    Grau, teurer Freund, ist alle Theorie, und Grün des Lebens goldner Baum.

    Nobody could invoke colors like Goethe. An argument made with nothing but a palate.

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    My fav:
    Du bist dir nur des einen Triebs bewußt;
    O lerne nie den andern kennen!
    Zwei Seelen wohnen, ach! in meiner Brust,
    Die eine will sich von der andern trennen;
    Die eine hält, in derber Liebeslust,
    Sich an der Welt mit klammernden Organen;
    Die andre habt gewaltsam sich vom Dust
    Zu den Gefilden hoher Ahnen.
    O gibt es Geister in der Luft,
    Die zwischen Erd´und Himmel herrschend weben,
    So steiget nieder aus dem goldnen Duft
    Und führt mich weg, zu neuem, buntem Leben!
    Ja, wäre nur ein Zaubermantel mein
    Und trüg er mich in fremde Länder!
    Mir sollt´er um die köstlichsten Gewänder,
    nicht feil um einen Königsmantel sein.

    Faust-Erster Teil Vor dem Tor

    How does it sound translated in English?

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