Profiles in Greatness: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Appropriately entitled, “Profiles in Greatness: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe”.

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 - 22 March 1832) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer and statesman. He was a prolific and versatile writer at the same time. Prolific because he produced volumes of poetry, essays, criticism, a theory of colours, novels, and early work on evolution and linguistics. Versatile because he wrote on a number of diverse topics such as epic, poetry, essays, criticism, botany, anatomy and numerous other scientific and literary pieces. What is more, he was fascinated by mineralogy too. In fact, mineral goethite (iron oxide) is named after him.

Goethe became a literary celebrity by the age of 25 and was ennobled by Carl August, the Duke of Saxe-Weimar in 1792. Goethe had a great effect on the nineteenth century as he was the originator of many ideas, which became widespread.

Here are twenty-five gems from the numerous quotes. Read them, reflect…

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