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Faust Goethe Quotes By Philip K. Dick

That's the existential problem," Fat said, "based on the concept that We are what we do, rather than, We are what we think. It finds its first expression in Goethe's Faust, Part One, where Faust says, 'Im Anfang war das Wort'. He's quoting the opening of the Fourth Gospel; 'In the beginning was the Word.' Faust says, 'Nein. Im Anfang war die Tat.' In the beginning was the Deed. From this, all existentialism comes. — Philip K. Dick

Faust Goethe Quotes By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Men's wretchedness in soothe I so deplore,
Not even I would plague the sorry creatures more. — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Faust Goethe Quotes By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

By Fortune's adverse buffets overborne
To solitude I fled, to wilds forlorn,
And not in utter loneliness to live,
Myself at last did to the Devil give! — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Faust Goethe Quotes By Annie Dillard

Goethe's Faust risks all if he should cry to the moment, the 'augenblick', "Verweile doch!" "Last forever!" Who hasn't prayed that prayer? But the 'augenblick' isn't going to 'verweile'. You were lucky to get it in the first place. The present is a freely given canvas. That it is constantly being ripped apart and washed downstream goes without saying; it is a canvas, nevertheless. — Annie Dillard

Faust Goethe Quotes By Ghadirian

Oh my God, but art is long / and our life is fleeting. — Ghadirian

Faust Goethe Quotes By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Who are you then?"
"I am part of that power which eternally wills evil and eternally works good. — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Faust Goethe Quotes By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

What you inherit from your father
must first be earned before it's yours. — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Faust Goethe Quotes By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

The finished man, you know, is difficult to please;
a growing mind will ever show you gratitude.
Faust 1, lines 182-3 — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Faust Goethe Quotes By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

When he comes to the door
he always looks mocking and half-way angry.
You can see he has sympathy for nothing.
It's written on his forehead
that he can love no one. — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Faust Goethe Quotes By Stephan A. Hoeller

One of the towering figures of the age of Enlightenment was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, known to this day in German-speaking lands as the poet of princes and prince of poets. Unlike Voltaire, he openly practiced esoteric disciplines, particularly alchemy. He wrote a famous verse about the Cathars, which translated says: "There were those who knew the Father. What became of them? Oh, they took them and burned them!" Goethe's chief work, of course, is his Faust. As noted in chapter 8, the figure of Faust was inspired by the image of the early Gnostic teacher Simon Magus, one of whose honorific names was Faustus. While in Christopher Marlowe's sixteenth-century play, — Stephan A. Hoeller

Faust Goethe Quotes By E.A. Bucchianeri

... the vintage of history is forever repeating ~ same old vines, same old wines! — E.A. Bucchianeri

Faust Goethe Quotes By Karl Marx

Your favourite virtue ... Simplicity
Your favourite virtue in man ... Strength
Your favourite virtue in woman ... Weakness
Your chief characteristic ... Singleness of purpose
Your idea of happiness ... To fight
Your idea of misery ... Submission
The vice you excuse most ... Gullibility
The vice you detest most ... Servility
Your aversion ... Martin Tupper
Favourite occupation ... Book-worming
Favourite poet ... Shakespeare, Aeschylus, Goethe
Favourite prose-writer ... Diderot
Favourite hero ... Spartacus, Kepler
Favourite heroine ... Gretchen [Heroine of Goethe's Faust]
Favourite flower ... Daphne
Favourite colour ... Red
Favourite name ... Laura, Jenny
Favourite dish ... Fish
Favourite maxim ... Nihil humani a me alienum puto [Nothing human is alien to me]
Favourite motto ... De omnibus dubitandum [Everything must be doubted]. — Karl Marx

Faust Goethe Quotes By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Glib tongues frill up their hash of knowledge
for mankind in polished speeches
that are no more than vaporous winds
rustling the fallen leaves in autumn. — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Faust Goethe Quotes By Simon McBurney

I was keen to stage 'Faust,' although I find Goethe's 'Faust' indigestible. — Simon McBurney

Faust Goethe Quotes By Robert Kennedy

Goethe tells us in his greatest poem that Faust lost the liberty of his soul when he said to the passing moment, 'Stay, thou art so fair. — Robert Kennedy

Faust Goethe Quotes By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Just take a look at our patrons, and you'll know
Some don't appreciate us, others never will. — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Faust Goethe Quotes By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

That which issues from the heart alone,
Will bend the hearts of others to your own. — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Faust Goethe Quotes By Robert Aickman

The great prophetic work of the modern world is Goethe's Faust, so little appreciated among the Anglo-Saxons. Mephistopheles offers Faust unlimited knowledge and unlimited power in exchange for his soul. Modern man has accepted that bargain ...
I believe in what the Germans term Ehrfurcht: reverence for things one cannot understand. Faust's error was an aspiration to understand, and therefore master, things which, by God or by nature, are set beyond the human compass. He could only achieve this at the cost of making the achievement pointless. Once again, it is exactly what modern man has done. — Robert Aickman

Faust Goethe Quotes By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

MARGARETE. Yes, out of sight is out of mind. It's second nature with you, gallantry; But you have friends of every kind, Cleverer by far, oh much, than me. FAUST. Dear girl, believe me, what's called cleverness Is mostly shallowness and vanity. — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Faust Goethe Quotes By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

If you had swum across the furthest ocean
And seen the vastness of infinity
Though dread of death might seize you, you'd still see
The rolling waves in never-ceasing motion
You'd still see something: Schools of dolphins swimming
Across the green and placid waters, skimming
The clouds, the sun and the moon, stars overhead -
You will see nothing in that void all round
You will not hear your footsteps where you tread
Beneath your feet, you'll feel no solid ground — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Faust Goethe Quotes By Ghadirian

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. — Ghadirian

Faust Goethe Quotes By E.A. Bucchianeri

Upon the publication of Goethe's epic drama, the Faustian legend had reached an almost unapproachable zenith. Although many failed to appreciate, or indeed, to understand this magnum opus in its entirety, from this point onward his drama was the rule by which all other Faust adaptations were measured. Goethe had eclipsed the earlier legends and became the undisputed authority on the subject of Faust in the eyes of the new Romantic generation. To deviate from his path would be nothing short of blasphemy. — E.A. Bucchianeri

Faust Goethe Quotes By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

I am part of the part that once was everything,
Part of the darkness which gave birth to light ...
Mephistopheles, from Faust. — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Faust Goethe Quotes By John Carroll

Life is more than thought: what a man feels, and what his senses awaken in him, are more indispensable to his life's fullness than subsequent reflection on their significance. Both Stirner and Nietzsche have elaborated Faust's opening speech in which he bemoans his wasted years in academia: this speech is Goethe's own impeachment of Kant and Hegel . Philosophy proceeds always under the risk of making a fetish of thinking. — John Carroll

Faust Goethe Quotes By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

What's left undone today, tomorrow will not do. Faust — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Faust Goethe Quotes By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

One who has passed the thirtieth year
already is as good as dead
it would be best to kill you off by then. — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Faust Goethe Quotes By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Faust: Who holds the devil, let him hold him well,
He hardly will be caught a second time. — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Faust Goethe Quotes By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Oh, happy he who still hopes he can emerge from Error's boundless sea! - Faust. — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Faust Goethe Quotes By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Let's plunge ourselves into the roar of time, the whirl of accident; may pain and pleasure, success and failure, shift as they will
it's only action that can make a man. — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Faust Goethe Quotes By Karl Marx

In interest-bearing capital, therefore, this automatic fetish is elaborated into its pure form, self-valorizing value, money breeding money, and in this form no longer bears any marks of its origin. The social relation is consummated in the relationship of a thing, money, to itself ... Capital is now a thing, but the thing is capital. The money's body is now by love possessed.
Karl Marx, Capital, Vol. 3, p. 516-517, containing a literary reference at the end there to Goethe, Faust, Part I. The context is Marx's discussion of how the commodity fetish's obfuscation of the true relations of capitalist production (i.e. the exploitation of labor) reaches its epitome in the form of interest-bearing capital (i.e. finance capital). — Karl Marx

Faust Goethe Quotes By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Being full of mischief, they love to listen;
they gladly obey, for they like to betray you,
pretending to be sent from Heaven,
and lisping like angels, while they lie. — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Faust Goethe Quotes By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

[Wagner] But the world, the hearts and minds of humankind,
Are subjects all men want to know about.
[Faust] What they call knowing, that I do not doubt.
But who dares speak his honest mind?
The few who ever did know anything
And we're such fools they gave their hearts free rein
And showed the mob what they had felt and seen,
Death on the cross they got or death by burning. — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Faust Goethe Quotes By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

How to please the public - that's the test,
But nowadays I find I'm in a fix;
I know they're not accustomed to the best,
But they've all read so much they know the tricks.
How can we give then something fresh and new
That's serious, but entertaining too? — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Faust Goethe Quotes By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Grant me one hour on love's most sacred shores
To clasp the bosom that my soul adores,
Lie heart to heart and merge my soul with yours. — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Faust Goethe Quotes By Max Weber

The idea that modern labour has an ascetic character is of course not new. Limitation to specialized work, with a renunciation of the Faustian universality of man which it involves, is a condition of any valuable work in the modern world; hence deeds and renunciation inevitably condition each other to-day. This fundamentally ascetic trait of middle-class life, if it attempts to be a way of life at all, and not simply the absence of any, was what Goethe wanted to teach, at the height of his wisdom, in the Wanderjahren, and in the end which he gave to the life of his Faust. For him the realization meant a renunciation, a departure from an age of full and beautiful humanity, which can no more be repeated in the course of our cultural development than can the flower of the Athenian culture of antiquity. — Max Weber

Faust Goethe Quotes By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Throughout their whole existence men are blind; So, Faust, be thou like them at last. — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Faust Goethe Quotes By John F. Kennedy

But Goethe tells us in his greatest poem that Faust lost the liberty of his soul when he said to the passing moment: "Stay, thou art so fair." And our liberty, too, is endangered if we pause for the passing moment, if we rest on our achievements, if we resist the pace of progress. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past are certain to miss the future. — John F. Kennedy

Faust Goethe Quotes By Colin Wilson

The nineteenth century was the Age of Romanticism; for the first time in history, man stopped thinking of himself as an animal or a slave, and saw himself as a potential god. All of the cries of revolt against 'God' - De Sade, Byron's "Manfred", Schiller's "Robbers", Goethe's "Faust", Hoffmann's mad geniuses - are expressions of this new spirit. Is this why the 'spirits' decided to make a planned and consistent effort at 'communication'? It was the right moment. Man was beginning to understand himself. — Colin Wilson

Faust Goethe Quotes By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

All theory is gray, my friend. But forever green is the tree of life. — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Faust Goethe Quotes By Daniel J. Boorstin

Like Hamlet, Goethe's Faust offers a wide panorama of scenes from the vulgar to the sublime, with passages of wondrous poetry that can be sensed even through the veil of translation. And it also preserves the iridescence of its modern theme. From it Oswald Spengler christened our Western culture 'Faustian,' and others too have found it an unexcelled metaphor for the infinitely aspiring always dissatisfied modern self.
Goethe himself was wary of simple explanations. When his friends accused him of incompetence in metaphysics, he replied. 'I, being an artist, regard this as of little moment. Indeed, I prefer that the principle from which and through which I work should be hidden from me. — Daniel J. Boorstin

Faust Goethe Quotes By Albert Speer

For the commission to do a great building, I would have sold my soul like Faust. Now I had found my Mephistopheles. He seemed no less engaging than Goethe's. — Albert Speer

Faust Goethe Quotes By Thomas Henry Huxley

In fact a favourite problem of Tyndall is - Given the molecular forces in a mutton chop, deduce Hamlet or Faust therefrom. He is confident that the Physics of the Future will solve this easily. — Thomas Henry Huxley

Faust Goethe Quotes By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Men grieve [Mephistopheles] so with the days of their lamenting, [he] even hate[s] to plague them with [his] torments. — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Faust Goethe Quotes By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

I am the spirit of perpetual negation. (Mephistopheles) — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Faust Goethe Quotes By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It is too late! Ah, nothing is too late
Till the tired heart shall cease to palpitate.
Cato learned Greek at eighty; Sophocles
Wrote his grand Oedipus, and Simonides
Bore off the prize of verse from his compeers,
When each had numbered more than fourscore years,
And Theophrastus, at fourscore and ten,
Had but begun his Characters of Men.
Chaucer, at Woodstock with the nightingales,
At sixty wrote the Canterbury Tales;
Goethe at Weimar, toiling to the last,
Completed Faust when eighty years were past,
These are indeed exceptions; but they show
How far the gulf-stream of our youth may flow
Into the arctic regions of our lives.
Where little else than life itself survives. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Faust Goethe Quotes By Kenny Smith

Hegel understood the Heisenbergian reality of knowing: yes, it would be nice if we could somehow delicately capture the truth and bring it closer to ourselves without altering it, "like a bird caught with a limestick." But the reality is, every truth we manage to know is altered, deformed by our very "encheiresis naturae," by the act of our taking-in-hand of nature (to borrow the alchemists' phrase from Goethe's Faust). — Kenny Smith