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A number of years ago when I would go from my farm up to Lubeck—I was quite young at the time—I saw a silent film version of Faust in which the woman who played Gretchen was unbelievably beautiful and made a deep impression on me.
William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  literary character who sells his soul to the devil in order to become all-knowing, or godlike
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Strongly Associated with:   Goethe
Faust’s most famous appearances are as the protagonist of Christopher Marlowe’s "Doctor Faustus" (1604) and Goethe’s "Faust" ( 1832). It’s because of Faust that expressions like "deal with the devil" and "Faustian bargain" are commonly used today.

A German necromancer, Georg Faust (1480?-?1538) is thought to have been an actual person who inspired the Faustian legend.
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  • A number of years ago when I would go from my farm up to Lubeck—I was quite young at the time—I saw a silent film version of Faust in which the woman who played Gretchen was unbelievably beautiful and made a deep impression on me.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The first one, Faust the Dog, was written by a man named Mattheus Ottleberg.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Her soul cried out in the words of Faust, "Stay, thou art fair!"
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Ever read Faust?
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • From somewhere in the house, Grandma Faust said something I couldn’t make out, probably "Don’t let them in!"
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • This thought pervades all German literature and is mystically expressed in Goethe’s "Faust": All things transitory But as symbols are sent.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • As he strode over a gutter, he apostrophized a bearded portress who was worthy to meet Faust on the Brocken, and who had a broom in her hand.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • ’ " They played potsy, humming "The Soldiers’ Chorus" from Faust which they called "Glory.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Or Mephistopheles—in Goethe’s Faust ’Was soil uns denn das ew’ge Schaffen!
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Something very similar to Faust’s cell presented itself to Jehan’s view, when he ventured his head through the halfopen door.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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  • Mephistopheles declared to Faust that he desired evil, but did only good.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • In all the versions of the Faust legend, which is the dominant form of this type of story, the hero is offered something he desperately wants—power or knowledge or a fastball that will beat the Yankees—and all he has to give up is his soul.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Hurstwood found that he could not talk, repressed as he was, and grudging Drouet every moment of his presence, he bowed himself out with the elegance of a Faust.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton Book I I. On a January evening of the early seventies, Christine Nilsson was singing in Faust at the Academy of Music in New York.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • He was where Goethe was when he began "Faust"; he was where Conrad was when he wrote "Almayer’s Folly."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Faust: 2r Theil.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • 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
  • Character is Fate, said Novalis, and Farfrae’s character was just the reverse of Henchard’s, who might not inaptly be described as Faust has been described—as a vehement gloomy being who had quitted the ways of vulgar men without light to guide him on a better way.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • "Keep this colt right up with Faust as close as you can," he later recalled telling the jockey.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • He believes, like Faust, that two souls are far too many for a single breast and must tear the breast asunder.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • Thus, casually, begins Lonesome Dove, by far my most popular novel, and one that allows me to join the small company of "respectable" writers whose fiction deals with the American West: Cormac McCarthy, Walter Van Tilburg Clark, Tom Lee and a handful of others, below whom comes the vast desert of the pulpers, the sons and daughters of Max Brand (Frederick Faust), Louis L’Amour and many hundreds of others.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • I understood why this stuff is so deadly, so insufferably false, even in Faust.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • [2] A. B. Faust: The German Element in the United States, 2 vols.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Margaret disliked "Tosca" and "Faust."
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • It was an intermezzo, a vocal solo, a "prayer" from Gounod’s opera about Faust.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • THE LORD Know’st Faust?
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • The colossal drama "Faust" is the most splendid product of his genius, though he wrote a large number of other plays and poems.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • The voluptuous sentimentality of Gounod’s Faust and Bizet’s Carmen has captured the common playgoer; and there is, flatly, no future now for any drama without music except the drama of thought.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • As for Paul, he ran down the hill whistling the "Soldiers’ Chorus" from Faust, looking wildly behind him now and then to see whether some of his teachers were not there to writhe under his lightheartedness.
    Willa Cather  --  Paul’s Case
  • He made out a list of books which Philip was to read till he was ready for the final achievement of Faust, and meanwhile, ingeniously enough, started him on a German translation of one of the plays by Shakespeare which Philip had studied at school.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The authors of our age who have so admirably delineated the features of Faust, Childe Harold, Rene, and Jocelyn, did not seek to record the actions of an individual, but to enlarge and to throw light on some of the obscurer recesses of the human heart.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Did I not say, when I was arranging that affair of Faust’s, that all Man’s reason has done for him is to make him beastlier than any beast.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • The thing had happened in M. Debienne and M. Poligny’s time, also in Box Five and also during a performance of FAUST.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • ) 4 I hear those odes, symphonies, operas, I hear in the William Tell the music of an arous’d and angry people, I hear Meyerbeer’s Huguenots, the Prophet, or Robert, Gounod’s Faust, or Mozart’s Don Juan.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • MEPHISTOPHELES The Doctor Faust?
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • Faust the Dog also had pictures—lovely curves and ears and caricatures of a German Shepherd with an obscene drooling problem and the ability to talk.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • "Mr. and Mrs. Faust," Inspector Williams said, "I’m afraid we have two uncooperative children."
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • Fitzsimmons expected that, at best, Seabiscuit would be able to cling to Faust for a little while.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • FAUST, in a chair at his desk, restless.
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • PAPA’S FAST-PACED VISIONS First, he sees the girl’s books: The Grave Digger’s Handbook, Faust the Dog, The Lighthouse , and now The Shoulder Shrug .
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • It will be FAUST on Saturday: let us both see the performance from Box Five on the grand tier!
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • Faust never had a chance.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • "Hello, Mr. and Mrs. Faust," Amos said.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • Chapter VII — Faust and What Followed.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • If you refuse, you will give FAUST to-night in a house with a curse upon it.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • She was applauded all the more; and her debut with Faust seemed about to bring her a new success, when suddenly . a terrible thing happened.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • FAUST was played without her.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • FAUST (with averted head) Terrible to see!
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • FAUST (awaking) Am I again so foully cheated?
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • Slapped over and over again with the stick, Seabiscuit blew Faust’s doors off, covering a quarter mile in an impossible 22% seconds.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
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