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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Frankfurt am Main, Holy Roman Empire [now Hesse, Germany]
Died in Weimar, Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach [now Thuringia], Germany  (heart attack)
Birth NameJohann Wolfgang ('von' since 1782) von Goethe

Mini Bio (1)

Johann Wolfgang Goethe was born on 28 August 1749 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany as son of a lawyer. After growing up in a privileged upper middle class family, he studied law in Leipzig from 1765 to 1768, although he was more interested in literature. As he was seriously ill, he had to interrupt his studies, but finally graduated in Strassburg with a degree in law. In the following years, his novel "The Sorrows of Young Werther" (1774) became one of the first bestsellers, making him a key author in the "Sturm und Drang" (Storm and Stress) movement. In 1775, he settled down in Weimar, being the Duke's adviser and writing popular dramas such as "Egmont" or "Torquato Tasso". One of his life's important milestones was the Italian Journey from 1786 and 1788, where he discovered his interest in Greek and Roman classicism. After his return to Germany, he began the "Weimar Classicism" movement with his good friend Friedrich Schiller, concentrating on poems and dramas such as his best known work "Faust", which he published in two parts (1808/1832). Beside his literary work, he contributed many interesting theories to sciences, making him Germany's leading polymath in that period. On 22 March 1832, he died in Weimar, the town he had lived for more than fifty years.

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Spouse (1)

Christiane Johanna Sophie Vulpius (1806 - 1816) ( her death) ( 1 child)

Trivia (9)

Born at 12:30pm-LMT
Considered Germany's greatest poet and playwright.
Terribly afraid of dogs, hence in "Faust-Part 1", Mephistopholes is initially personified as a black poodle bringing evil.
Had worked on the "Faust" books for over 50 years and finished the second part shortly before his death.
One son by Christiane: August Goethe, born December 25th 1789 and died October 27th 1830.
Estimated to have had an IQ of 210.
He was best friends with Friedrich Schiller. They are portrayed together in a statue in front of the Theater in Weimar, Germany.
Had a daughter, Ottilie
Great-great-grandfather of Bertie Higgins.

Personal Quotes (7)

Girls we love for what they are; young men for what they promise to be.
Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.
If youth is a fault, it is one that one gets rid of soon enough.
[on children] If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.
[on choice] Decision and perseverance are the noblest qualities of man.
[on encouragement/discouragement] Encouragement after censure is as the sun after a shower.
Smoking stupefies a man, and makes him incapable of thinking or writing. It is only fit for idlers, people who are always bored, who sleep for a third of their lifetime, fritter away another third in eating, drinking, and other necessary or unnecessary affairs, and don't know-though they are always complaining that life is so short-what to do with the rest of their time. Such lazy Turks find mental solace in handling a pipe and gazing at the clouds of smoke that they puff into the air; it helps them to kill time. Smoking induces drinking beer, for hot mouths need to be cooled down. Beer thickens the blood, and adds to the intoxication produced by the narcotic smoke. The nerves are dulled and the blood clotted. If they go on as they seem to be doing now, in two or three generations we shall see what these beer-swillers and smoke-puffers have made of Germany. You will notice the effect on our literature-mindless, formless, and hopeless; and those very people will wonder how it has come about. And think of the cost of it all! Fully 25,000,000 thalers a year end in smoke all over Germany, and the sum may rise to forty, fifty, or sixty millions. The hungry are still unfed, and the naked unclad. What can become of all the money? Smoking, too, is gross rudeness and unsociability. Smokers poison the air far and wide and choke every decent man, unless he takes to smoking in self-defence. Who can enter a smoker's room without feeling ill? Who can stay there without perishing?

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