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Goethe -- as in: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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  • I keep thinking of the lines from Goethe ….
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Goethe.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • A half hour later, Werner and Frederick are reading Goethe in poetics.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Goethe said that every bon mot of his had cost a purse of gold.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle

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  • That young woman is the greatest literary genius since Goethe.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Had the apprentice been reading the complete works of Goethe or any other such luminary, that was what would have sat in front of them.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Father has taken the plays of Goethe and Schiller down from the big bookcase and is planning to read to me every evening.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • After three weeks it was no longer incomprehensible to us that a braided postman should have more authority over us than had formerly our parents, our teachers, and the whole gamut of culture from Plato to Goethe.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Goethe had described architecture as frozen music, and Pei’s critics described this pyramid as fingernails on a chalkboard.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Horace was one of them; so was Goethe.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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  • Hence Moore, Byron, Goethe, often speak words more wisely descriptive of the true religious sentiment, than another man, whose whole life is governed by it.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • I saw Goethe’s house, Schiller’s statue, and Dannecker’s famous ’Ariadne.’
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • I took the greatest delight in these German books, especially Schiller’s wonderful lyrics, the history of Frederick the Great’s magnificent achievements and the account of Goethe’s life.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • One always feels that Goethe’s judgments are so true.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Cavalcanti, dressed in black, like one of Goethe’s heroes, with varnished shoes and white silk open-worked stockings, passed a white and tolerably nice-looking hand through his light hair, and so displayed a sparkling diamond, that in spite of Monte Cristo’s advice the vain young man had been unable to resist putting on his little finger.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • McKisco was "well-informed" on a range of subjects wider than Goethe’s—it was interesting to listen to the innumerable facile combinations that he referred to as his opinions.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • The German poet Goethe once said that "he who cannot draw on three thousand years is living from hand to mouth."
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • In former days there were some here and there; they had—well, Schiller, to be sure, Goethe …. my brother—he takes a particularly favourable view of them….
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • Goethe and Lessing, said Donovan, have written a lot on that subject, the classical school and the romantic school and all that.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • The room usually fills when Cedric is around and, soon, Ira Volker is here, along with Florian Keil, his soft-spoken German roommate whose father runs a Boston arm of the Goethe Institute, the German government’s cultural ministry abroad.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • This pattern holds from the Elizabethan Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus through the nineteenth-century Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust to the twentieth century’s Stephen Vincent Benet’s "The Devil and Daniel Webster" and Damn Yankees.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • An old poem, by Goethe.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • When Goethe as a young student visited the city, he still found sad ruins ’Von der Kuppel der Frauenkirche sah ich these leidigen Trimmer zwischen die schone stddtische Ordnung hineingesat; da rihmte mir der Kiister die Kunst des Baumeisters, welcher Kirche und Kuppel auf einen so uneriinschten Fall schon eingeyichtet und bombenfest erbaut hatte.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • "What on earth is the use of suddenly running down Goethe," he declared to Alec and Tom.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Besides, I know of a man from England—a modest man—who for me is no less great than Goethe.
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths
  • Goethe was.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • A complete edition of Goethe and one of Jean Paul showed signs of wear, also Novalis, while Lessing, Jacobi and Lichtenberg were in the same condition.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • The poet must know how to hate, says Goethe; and Will was at least ready with that accomplishment.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • No doubt she became tired of spending the evenings alone, while he was off listening to phantom trumpets, and conversing with the spirits of Goethe and Shakespeare.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Every time he speaks of the weather you jump him because he ain’t talking about poetry or Gertie—Goethe?
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • This is the guiding power that runs through the work of Dante in the female figures of Beatrice and the Virgin, and appears in Goethe’s Faust successively as Gretchen, Helen of Troy, and the Virgin.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • …her husband was a Colonel of the Guard, Excellenz and Governor of an island, only separated from his lady by one of those trifling differences which are of little account in a country where Werther is still read and the Wahlverwandtschaften of Goethe is considered an edifying moral book, nobody thought of refusing to receive her in the very highest society of the little Duchy; and the ladies were even more ready to call her du and to swear eternal friendship for her than they had been…
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Goethe honoured them; Mussolini despises them.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • Do you know what Goethe said about our friend Copernicus?
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • It was the period in Germany of Goethe’s highest fame.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Wait a moment—right! I read somewhere that Goethe said something in his bedroom one night to his valet—
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Goethe recommended seeing human nature in the most various forms, and Mr. Babcock thought Goethe perfectly splendid.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • So few! The rest—secretaries, pressagents, camp-followers! To be a scientist is like being a Goethe: it is born in you.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Immediately there was a chorus: ’Idealism, mysticism, Goethe’s Naturphilosophie, neo-Schellingism.’
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Goethe 1 .
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Goethe.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • Here they were, gathered at one table, the nation’s foremost practitioners of what Goethe and Schelling called "frozen music."
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • This idea has inspired the genius of Goldsmith,[82] Burns,[83] Cowper,[84] and, in a newer time, of Goethe,[85] Wordsworth,[86] and Carlyle.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Goethe pronounced Shakespeare a great poet, whereupon all the other critics flocked after him like a troop of parrots, and the general infatuation has lasted ever since.
    George Orwell  --  Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool
  • But I cannot admit that the class represented by Eschylus, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Euripides, Shakespear, Goethe, Ibsen, and Tolstoy, not to mention our own contemporary playwrights, is as much in place in Mr Redford’s office as a pickpocket is in Bow Street.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • Mr. President, Mrs. Clinton, members of Congress, Ambassador Holbrooke, Excellencies, friends: Fifty-four years ago to the day, a young Jewish boy from a small town in the Carpathian Mountains woke up, not far from Goethe’s beloved Weimar, in a place of eternal infamy called Buchenwald.
    Elie Wiesel  --  The Perils of Indifference
  • By then, Borges was completely blind and had no reason to visit the bookshop—because he could no longer read, and because over the course of his life he’d read so much, memorized such vast portions of Cervantes, Goethe, and Shakespeare, that all he had to do was sit in the darkness and reflect.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • Bunyan, Blake, Hogarth and Turner (these four apart and above all the English Classics), Goethe, Shelley, Schopenhaur, Wagner, Ibsen, Morris, Tolstoy, and Nietzsche are among the writers whose peculiar sense of the world I recognize as more or less akin to my own.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Lattimore’s six-beat line lacks the rapidity that Arnold saw as the first of the qualities characterizing the Homeric hexameter, and does not provide what Goethe found in Homer, "a language which does your thinking and poetizing for you.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
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