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A selection of the most insightful maxims and reflections from one of Germany's greatest ever thinkers.
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Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)
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February 13, 2016
The title of this edition pretty much summarises my review.
The quotes are vague and without context, so they are sketchy; they are short and without evidence, so they are doubtful. In this, they are incomplete and completely random. There is no common theme or overall message to be gained from t...
February 04, 2017
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was in a 19th Century German philosopher, poet and statesman.
Many philosophers sound pretentious. It's pretty much in the job description, but most of them have a way with words which makes what they say seem wonderful. Goethe is not one of these. His musings are droll,...
May 14, 2016
Good lord this is awful. What we have is a collection of extracts from his works that now have no meaning or context. A tedious collection that would make one think that Goethe is a simpleton, an inept writer of no standing. This book would not inspire me to read more. Goethe is a writer of thoug...
March 12, 2015
This book, full of random thoughts, made me interested in reading more of Goethe's works.
Goethe managed to put into words ideas that I've come up with but didn't know how to properly articulate.
July 03, 2017
I really enjoy some Goethe, so I was looking forward to this and thought the worst would be weird translation vibes, but no. I just found myself asking: What is the point of this book?
It's literally only really short passages, some no more than one sentences, thrown together without any context....
October 25, 2017
There's not more to it than the title suggests.
Full review to come!
October 17, 2017
So this is definitely a keeper, as it contains thoughts and aphorisms by Johann von Goethe, with regards to art, humanity, life, the universe and everything (as another well-loved writer would say). There are things one will agree or disagree with but nothing Goethe wrote some 200 years ago seems...
February 13, 2016
"The great nineteenth-century German thinker's musings on self-deceit, superstition, art and ambition."
The picture above shows the amount of quotes I liked, pondered on and marked. I only knew Goethe because I read The Sorrows of Young Werther.
Sketch, Doubtful, Incomplete Jottings is sort of a co...
March 19, 2016
This title is basically what this book is. That is bad marketing, don't describe the horribleness of the book in the title, it will not fare well. Goethe cannot and should not be read without context, because otherwise, it is a bunch of useless rambles. Therefore, this is useless rambles, with a...
September 21, 2017