The Life and Works of Goethe: with Sketches of His Age and Contemporaries

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Ticknor and Fields, 1856 - 593 pages

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Page 192 - Within its own creation, or in thine, Maternal Nature ! for who teems like thee, Thus on the banks of thy majestic Rhine? There Harold gazes on a work divine, A blending of all beauties; streams and dells, Fruit, foliage, crag, wood, cornfield, mountain, vine, And chiefless castles breathing stern farewells From gray but leafy walls, where Ruin greenly dwells.
Page 294 - Ahazuerus sees depicted the features of our Lord, not in their present agony, but radiant with celestial life. Astounded at the sight, he turns away his eyes, and hears the words, ' Over the earth shalt thou wander till thou shalt once more see me in this form.' Overwhelmed by the sentence, he is some time before he recovers himself ; he then finds that every one has gone to the place of execution, and that the streets of Jerusalem are empty. Unrest and yearnings drive him forth, and his wanderings...
Page 128 - For Hamlet, and the trifling of his favor, Hold it a fashion, and a toy in blood, A violet in the youth of primy nature, Forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting, The perfume and suppliance of a minute ; No more.
Page 30 - Circumstance, it would be nearer the mark to say that Man is the architect of Circumstance.
Page 56 - Willst du genau erfahren was sich ziemt, So frage nur bei edlen Frauen an.
Page 139 - They say, best men are moulded out of faults; And, for the most, become much more the better For being a little bad: so may my husband.
Page 206 - Goethe has narrated in full the conception of this piece, which is very grand ; he tells us the idea arose within him of illustrating the sad fact, noticeable in the biographies of genius, that every man who attempts to realize a great idea comes in contact with the lower world, and must place himself on its level in order to influence it, and thus compromises his higher aims and finally forfeits them.
Page 13 - I never bemoralise any one — always seek out the good that is in them, and leave what is bad to him who made mankind, and knows how to round off the angles. In this way I make myself happy and comfortable.
Page 235 - O that I could spring on thy neck, throw myself at Lotte's feet, one, one minute, and all, all that should be done away with, explained, which I could not make clear with quires of paper ! O ye unbelieving ones, I could exclaim ! Ye of little faith ! Could you feel the thousandth part of what Werther is to a thousand hearts, you would not reckon the sacrifice you have made towards it! Here is a letter, read it, and send me word quickly what thou thinkest of it, what impression it makes on thee. Thou...
Page 169 - This it is to write autobiography when one has outlived almost the memories of youth, and lost sympathy with many of its agitations. At the time he was in Wetzlar he would have looked strangely on any one who ventured to tell him that the history of the Imperial...

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