WEEK 56


When you're drowning, you don't say "I would be incredibly pleased if someone would have the foresight to notice me drowning and come and help me," you just scream. I believe in some sense a huge percentage of the people who are around us during our daily activities are"drowning" and spend much of their day primal screaming.

Wikipedia says:

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (German: [ˈjoːhan ˈvɔlfɡaŋ fɔn ˈɡøːtə] ( listen), 28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer, artist, and politician. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, and more than 10,000 letters written by him are extant, as are nearly 3,000 drawings.((( Notice that Wikipedia failed to note philosopher extraordinaire)))

A literary celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe was ennobled by the Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Carl August in 1782 after first taking up residence there in November of 1775 following the success of his first novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther. He was an early participant in the Sturm und Drang literary movement. During his first ten years in Weimar, Goethe served as a member of the Duke's privy council, sat on the war and highway commissions, oversaw the reopening of silver mines in nearby Ilmenau, and implemented a series of administrative reforms at the University of Jena. He also contributed to the planning of Weimar's botanical park and the rebuilding of its Ducal Palace, which in 1998 were together designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[2]

After returning from a tour of Italy in 1788, Goethe published his first major work of a scientific nature, the Metamorphosis of Plants. In 1791 he was charged with managing the theatre at Weimar, and in 1794 he began a friendship with the dramatist, historian, and philosopher Friedrich Schiller, whose plays he premiered until Schiller's death in 1805. During this period Goethe published his second novel, Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, the verse epic Hermann and Dorothea, and, in 1808, the first part of his most celebrated drama, Faust. His conversations and various common undertakings throughout the 1790s with Schiller, Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Johann Gottfried Herder, Alexander von Humboldt, Wilhelm von Humboldt, and August and Friedrich Schlegel have, in later years, been collectively termed Weimar Classicism.

Arthur Schopenhauer cited Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship as one of the four greatest novels ever written[citation needed] and Ralph Waldo Emerson selected Goethe, along with Plato, Napoleon, and William Shakespeare, as one of six "representative men" in his work of the same name. Goethe's comments and observations form the basis of several biographical works, most notably Johann Peter Eckermann's Conversations with Goethe. There are frequent references to Goethe's various sayings and maxims throughout the course of Friedrich Nietzsche's work and there are numerous allusions to Goethe in the novels of Hermann Hesse and Thomas Mann. Goethe's poems were set to music throughout the nineteenth century by a number of composers, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Charles Gounod, Richard Wagner, Hugo Wolf, and Gustav Mahler.

 

I now give you Goethe for your reading pleasure:

The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.
— Goethe
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
— Goethe
I love those who yearn for the impossible.
— Goethe
Love does not dominate; it cultivates.
— Goethe
Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.
— Goethe
A person hears only what they understand.
— Goethe
If I love you, what business is it of yours?
— Goethe
Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.
— Goethe
Correction does much, but encouragement does more.
— Goethe
Common sense is the genius of humanity.
— Goethe
Few people have the imagination for reality.
— Goethe
All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.
— Goethe
If your treat an individual... as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.
— Goethe
Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at.
— Goethe

Goethe completely humbles me. He is way, way, way, way out of my league.

Much gratitude to G-d that he gave us Goethe.

He certainly was the light and always will be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!