Dear librarians, I’m looking for a quotation by Johann Wolfgang Goethe : „And here I stand, with all my lore, Poor fool, no wiser than before“. Can you tell me…

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6.1.2003

Dear librarians,

I’m looking for a quotation by Johann Wolfgang Goethe : „And here I stand, with all my lore, Poor fool, no wiser than before“. Can you tell me in which of his works I can find it?

Can you give me further information about Goethe? e.g. literature about Goethes works, interesting internet pages…

Thank you.

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7.1.2003
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7.1.2003

In Goethe's most famous work Faust exclaims his sorrow over his inability to learn everything:

"I've read, alas! through philosophy,
Medicine and jurisprudence too,
And, to my grief, theology
With ardent labour studied through.
And here I stand with all my lore,
Poor fool no wiser then before!"

or

"I HAVE, alas! Philosophy,
Medicine, Jurisprudence too,
And to my cost Theology,
With ardent labour, studied through.
And here I stand, with all my lore,
Poor fool, no wiser than before."

The second quotation (and the one to be preferred according to the Goethe Institut Inter Nationes homepage http://www.goethe.de/kug/rec/ogf/enindex.htm) can be found on the Project Gutenberg webbsite
http://www.ibiblio.org/gutenberg/etext02/faust10.txt

The first quotation is under
http://www.swil.ocdsb.edu.on.ca/ModWest/French%20Rev./goethe.html

Here are some interesting Goethe-pages in english:
http://www.goethe.de/kug/rec/ogf/enindex.htm
http://www.imagi-nation.com/moonstruck/clsc20.html
http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/goethe.htm

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