The Wisdom of Goethe 1 (JOHANN PETER ECKERMANN)

The Wisdom of Goethe 1 (JOHANN PETER ECKERMANN)

I have ever been esteemed one of Fortune’s chiefest favourites; nor will I complain or find fault with the course my life has taken. Yet, truly, there has been nothing but toil and care; and I may say that, in all my seventy-five years, I have never had a month of genuine comfort. It has been the perpetual rolling of a stone, which I have always had to raise anew. My annals will render clear what I now say. The claims upon my activity, both from within and without, were too numerous.
Sunday, January 25, 1824

My real happiness was my poetic meditation and production. But how was this disturbed, limited, and hindered by my external position! Had I been able to abstain more from public business, and to live more in solitude, I should have been happier, and should have accomplished much more as a poet. But, soon after my ‘Goetz’ and ‘Werther,’ that saying of a sage was verified for me—‘If you do anything for the sake of the world, it will take good care that you shall not do it a second time.
Tuesday January 27, 1824

Could we perfect human nature, we might also expect a perfect state of things; but, as it is, there will always be a wavering hither and thither; one part must suffer while the other is at ease, envy and egotism will be always at work like bad demons, and party strife will be without end.
Wednesday, February 25, 1824

 

 

 

 

Conversations Of Goethe
Johann Peter Eckermann



Facebook

Instagram

Follow Me on Instagram
  • Little by little , one travels far .

    lecturesbureau: "Little by little ,
one travels far ."
    214
    0
  • Forget injuries , never forget kindness .

    lecturesbureau: "Forget injuries ,
never forget kindness ."
    404
    0
  • Hell , hell is not in torture . Hell is in an empty heart .

    lecturesbureau: "Hell , hell is not in torture .
Hell is in an empty heart ."
    383
    1
  • People obey the strong ones , but respect only the righteous .

    lecturesbureau: "People obey the strong ones ,
but respect only the righteous ."
    530
    1
  • The perfect love is the one that gives everything and never expects anything in return .

    lecturesbureau: "The perfect love is the one
that gives everything
and never expects anything in return ."
    694
    1
  • But when a man speeds toward his own ruin , a God gives him help !

    lecturesbureau: "But when a man speeds toward his own ruin ,
a God gives him help !"
    481
    0
  • Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile .

    lecturesbureau: "Only a life lived for others
is a life worthwhile ."
    397
    0
  • The great unpardonable sin is to murder the love - life in a human soul .

    lecturesbureau: "The great unpardonable sin
is to murder the love - life
in a human soul ."
    219
    2
  • Forget injuries , NEVER FORGET KINDNESSES .

    lecturesbureau: "Forget injuries ,

NEVER FORGET KINDNESSES ."
    419
    0
  • DO GOOD . You have done wrong ? Then balance it by doing right .

    lecturesbureau: "DO GOOD .

You have done wrong ?
Then balance it by doing right ."
    384
    0