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Definition German polymath (one who excels in many fields) best remembered for his writing — especially the play Faust (1749-1832)
  • Goethe said that every bon mot of his had cost a purse of gold.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • I keep thinking of the lines from Goethe ....
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Horace was one of them; so was Goethe.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • 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
  • Immediately there was a chorus: 'Idealism, mysticism, Goethe's Naturphilosophie, neo-Schellingism.'
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • I saw Goethe's house, Schiller's statue, and Dannecker's famous 'Ariadne.'
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • To be a scientist is like being a Goethe: it is born in you.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • "What on earth is the use of suddenly running down Goethe," he declared to Alec and Tom.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Every time he speaks of the weather you jump him because he ain't talking about poetry or Gertie—Goethe?
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Do you know what Goethe said about our friend Copernicus?
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • I read somewhere that Goethe said something in his bedroom one night to his valet—
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • 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
  • That young woman is the greatest literary genius since Goethe.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • A half hour later, Werner and Frederick are reading Goethe in poetics.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • The poet must know how to hate, says Goethe; and Will was at least ready with that accomplishment.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Goethe honoured them; Mussolini despises them.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One's Own
  • 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
  • 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 recommended seeing human nature in the most various forms, and Mr. Babcock thought Goethe perfectly splendid.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • 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

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