Maxims And Reflections by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Maxims And Reflections

byJohann Wolfgang von GoetheForeword byPeter Wolfgang HutchinsonEditorPeter Wolfgang Hutchinson

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Throughout his long, hectic and astonishingly varied life, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) would jot down his passing thoughts on theatre programmes, visiting cards, draft manuscripts and even bills … Goethe was probably the last true ‘Renaissance Man’. Although employed as a Privy Councillor at the Duke of Weimar’s court, where he helped oversee major mining, road-building and irrigation projects, he also painted, directed plays, carried out research in anatomy, botany and optics – and still found time to produce masterpieces in every literary genre. His fourteen hundred Maxims and Reflections reveal some of his deepest thought on art, ethics, literature and natural science, but also his immediate reactions to books, chance encounters or his administrative work. Although variable in quality, the vast majority have a freshness and immediacy which vividly conjure up Goethe the man. They make an ideal introduction to one of the greatest of European writers.

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born in Frankfurt-on-Main in 1749. He studied at Leipzig, where he showed interest in the occult, and at Strassburg, where Herder introduced him to Shakespeare’s works and to folk poetry. He produced some essays and lyrical verse, and at twenty-two wrote Götz von Berlichingen, a play which brought him nat...
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Title:Maxims And ReflectionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 0.5 inPublished:October 1, 1998Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140447202

ISBN - 13:9780140447200

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Table of Contents

Maxims and ReflectionsPreface
Further Reading
A Note on the Text
From Ottilie's Diary

Vol. I, issue 3: Naïvety and Humour (1818)
Vol. II, issue 3: Matters of Serious Moment (1820)
Vol. III, issue 1: Own and Adopted Ideas in Proverbial Formulation (1821)
Vol. IV, issue 2: Own and Assimilated Material (1823)
Vol. V, issue 1: Individual Points (1824)
Vol. V, issue 2: Individual Points (1825)
Vol. V, issue 3: Individual Points (1826)
Vol. VI, issue 1: [untitled] (1827)

Vol. I, issue 4: [untitled] (1822)

Vol. II, issue 1: Old Ideas, Almost out of Date (1823)

Thoughs about Art, Ethics and Nature in the Spirit of the Travellers
From Makarie's Archive

On Literature and Life
On Art and Art History: Aphorisms for the Attention of Friends and Opponents
On Nature and Natural Science
Sketchy, Doubtful, Incomplete Jottings
Addenda from the Posthumous Papers


From Our Editors

Although a labourer by trade, Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe also found his calling in the arts, painting master works of art, directing plays, and writing reflections which exuded influence well past his time. He was thus, perhaps, a true Renaissance Man. In addition to his more classical literary works, Goethe issued 1,413 maxims and reflections, which on the whole, testify to the depth of his wisdom and intellect.