from and about
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(biographical info at bottom of page)
you treat individuals as they are, they will remain how
they are. But if you treat them as if they were what they
ought to be and could be, they will become
what they ought to be and could be.
must not hope to be mowers,
And to gather the ripe old ears,
Unless we have first been sowers
And watered the furrows with tears.
It is not just as we take it,
This mystical world of ours,
Life's field will yield as we make it
A harvest of thorns or of flowers.
Nine requisites for contented
Health enough to make work a pleasure.
Wealth enough to support your needs.
Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them.
Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them.
Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished.
Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor.
Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others.
Faith enough to make real the things of God.
Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.
I have come to
the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive
element. It is my personal approach that creates the
climate. It is
my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous
to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture
instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or
all situations, it is my response that decides whether a
escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or
If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we
people as they ought to be, we help them become what they
capable of becoming.
does not make us childish, as some say; it finds us true children.
You can easily judge the character of a man by
how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
person born with a talent they are meant to
use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains,
rivers and cities; but to know someone who thinks and
feels with us, and who, though distant, is close to us in
spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.
human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the
greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what
little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they
seek out any and every means to be rid of it.
Wolfgang von Goethe was born in 1749 in Frankfurt. From 1765 to
1771 he studied law in Leipzig and Strasbourg on request of his
father. During his time at university he already earned
recognition with his poems and lyric. When he returned to
Frankfurt he practiced law and worked on his career as a poet and
writer. In 1773 the Götz von Berlichingen mit der
eisenen Hand was published, making Goethe a main
representative for the Sturm und Drang movement. Getting a
lot of attention and recognition by the literature world, Goethe
is invited to Weimar, where he took over many different political
offices, but still managed to concentrate on writing.
his literature ambitions, he was also very interested in science,
which was more important to him, than his writing. From 1786
to 1790 he traveled through Italy where he undertook more
scientific researches. In 1794 he befriended Friedrich
Schiller with whom he developed a new style of writing, which is
now known as its own literature epoch, the Weimarer Klassik.
In 1908 Goethe finished Faust, between 1811-14 he wrote his
autobiography and in 1831 he finished Faust 2, which was
published posthumously. Goethe used and explored many
different styles in literature and turned out to be an important
personality to the world of literature.
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