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How they roll

June 7th, 2018 · No Comments

“Shattering those who answer innocently, is the tyrant’s way of easing his embarrassment.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part I (from Goethe’s Faust, trans. Walter Kaufman)

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You take the high road

June 6th, 2018 · No Comments

“You would get along, dear couple? Learn from us the art; If you want to keep love supple, You only have to part.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part I (from Goethe’s Faust, trans. Walter Kaufman)

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A ring of power

June 5th, 2018 · No Comments

“I am sure, deep in his bag the poorest wanderer Keeps some remembrance that gives pleasure, And sooner starves than yields this treasure.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part I (from Goethe’s Faust, trans. Walter Kaufman)

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And diamonds are a girl’s best friend

June 4th, 2018 · No Comments

“What good is beauty, even youth? All that may be quite good and fair, But does it get you anywhere? Their praise is half pity, you can be sure. For gold contend, On gold depend All things. Woe to us poor!” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part I (from Goethe’s Faust, trans. Walter Kaufman)

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Foiled again

June 3rd, 2018 · No Comments

“I now curse all that would enamor The human soul with lures and lies, Enticing it with flattering glamour To live on in this cave of sighs. Cursed above all our high esteem, The spirit’s smug self-confidence, Cursed be illusion, fraud, and dream That flatter our guileless sense! Cursed be the pleasing make-believe Of fame […]

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The bass notes

June 2nd, 2018 · No Comments

“I am too old to be content to play, Too young to be without desire. What wonders would the world reveal? You must renounce! You ought to yield! That is the never-ending drone Which we must, our life long, hear.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part I (from Goethe’s Faust, trans. Walter Kaufman)

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Willing to make a deal

June 1st, 2018 · No Comments

“Who holds the Devil, hold him tight! He can’t expect to catch him twice.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part I (from Goethe’s Faust, trans. Walter Kaufman)

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Restless through and through

May 31st, 2018 · No Comments

“Deep in the heart there dwells relentless care And secretly infects us with despair; Restless, she sways and poisons peace and joy She always finds new masks she can employ: She may appear as house and home, as child and wife, As fire, water, poison, knife— What does not strike, still makes you quail, And […]

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It burrows eternal

May 30th, 2018 · No Comments

“Hope never seems to leave those who affirm, The shallow minds that stick to must and mold— They dig with greedy hands for gold And yet are happy if they find a worm.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part I (from Goethe’s Faust, trans. Walter Kaufman)

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Yep

May 29th, 2018 · No Comments

“I have, alas, studied philosophy, Jurisprudence and medicine, too, And, worst of all, theology, With keen endeavor, through and through— And here I am, for all my lore, The wretched fool I was before.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part I (from Goethe’s Faust, trans. Walter Kaufman)

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Odd lot, they

May 24th, 2018 · No Comments

“The Germans are really a strange people. With their profound thoughts and ideas, which they seek everywhere and project into everything, they make life harder for themselves than they should.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, May 8, 1827 (from Goethe’s Faust, trans. Walter Kaufman)

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That’s why it dosn’t make any sense

May 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

“The more incommensurable and incomprehensible for the understanding a poetic creation may be, the better.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, May 8, 1827 ( from Goethe’s Faust, trans. Walter Kaufman)

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Point of view

March 11th, 2018 · No Comments

“All comfort in life is based upon a regular occurrence of external phenomena. The changes of the day and night, of the seasons, of flowers and fruits, and all other recurring pleasures that come to us, that we may and should enjoy them—these are the mainsprings of our earthly life. The more open we are […]

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Insert scream here

October 20th, 2016 · No Comments

“Know thyself? If I truly knew myself, I should run screaming in the opposite direction.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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