Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Born: January 01, 1970

Nationality: German

Occupation: Poet, novelist, playwright, diplomat

Biography: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 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.

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“A useless life is an early death.”

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Source/Notes: Act I, sc. ii. - Iphigenie auf Tauris (1787)
Source/Notes: In German: "Alles Gescheite ist schon gedacht worden. Man muss nur versuchen, es noch einmal zu denken." - Sprüche in Prosa [Proverbs in Prose] (1819); Wilhelm Meister's Wanderjahre [Journeyman Years] (1821-1829)

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