AN UNCOMMON THOUGHT

"The real trick to life is not to be in the know, but to be in the mystery."
-Fred Alan Wolf

28 August 2016

Happy birthday, Goethe.


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born on this day in 1749.

The poet of the German enlightenment is best known for works such as, The Sufferings of Young Werner and the quintessential mad scientist story, Doctor Faustus (in which the protagonist sells his soul to the devil for knowledge). In an age when anyone with a pretence to an education was polymathic, he was widely acknowledged as a leading intellectual, and had many other important accomplishments that are now overshadowed by his artistic fame.

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