Correspondence with Goethe. Diary

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Seite 326 - Zu Haus und in dem Kriege herrscht der Mann, Und in der Fremde weiß er sich zu helfen. Ihn freuet der Besitz; ihn krönt der Sieg! Ein ehrenvoller Tod ist ihm bereitet. Wie enggebunden ist des Weibes Glück!
Seite 54 - ... when they are sober again, what have they not fished up to bring with them to dry land ? I have no friend ; I must live with myself alone ; but I well know that God is nearer to me in my art than to others. I commune with him without dread ; I have ever acknowledged and understood him ; neither have I any fear for my music ; it can meet no evil fate. He to whom it makes itself intelligible must become freed from all the wretchedness which others drag about with them.
Seite 93 - And when I made a pause for the night, promising to continue it on the morrow, I was certain that he would in the meanwhile think it out for himself, and so he often stimulated my imagination.
Seite 54 - I had been told he was very shy, and conversed with no one. They were afraid to introduce me to him, and I was forced to find him out alone ; he has three dwellings, in which he alternately secretes himself ; one in the country, one in the town, and the third upon the bulwarks ; here I found him...
Seite 56 - Melody is the sensual life of poetry. Do not the spiritual contents of a poem become sensual feeling through melody ? Do we not, in Mignon's song, perceive its entire sensual frame of mind through melody ? and does not this perception excite again to new productions ? There, the spirit extends itself to unbounded universality, where all in all forms itself into a bed for the stream of feelings, which take their rise in the simple musical thought, and which else would die unperceived away : this is...
Seite 151 - Vulgar people know not of the treasures upon their lips, by which genius produces the honey-dropping fruit. Then I fell in love with this language that tormented me so much, that I almost got a fever of despair. Unconsciously I pursued my task confiding in my genius, that would preserve me from doing any harm by unfit or even unusual expressions, and persisted often in my wrong way, when my advisers would have subverted my construction as they were absurdities, often my version larded with uncommon...
Seite 153 - I saw in the last year no roses, no tree blowing ; my intelligence lay narrowly grated up in the dictionary of good Johnson, and the grammars, that I took to my couch and fell asleep on them ; and had also a very hard bed, to no boot, for I had unfortunately in no language a grammatical learning; all its terms were unknown to me, and their inferences incomprehensible ; and those who would advise me frightened me out of my wits ; I struggled for my version as does an animal for its young, and suffers...
Seite 150 - ... choice, it consisting but in thirty thousand words : — I thought, if I only did know them, to be sure I would find the right. The printing had almost come to end, when, by a variance between the printer and translator, it was interrupted ; then by the inspiration of despair, I ventured to continue translating. I never could have guessed those difficulties, that fell more heavily upon me than upon any knight-errant, who tries, with the help of propitious spirits, to overcome impossibilities....
Seite 13 - Thou livest among spirits ; they give thee divine wisdom," and he said of himself, " I should hold myself assured of the gift of prophecy belonging of old to my family.
Seite 56 - I drive my enjoyment, my musical convictions, into the hearers, — to begin again like a child. Speak to Goethe of me, tell him he should hear my symphonies ; he would then allow me to be right in saying that music is the only unembodied entrance into a higher sphere of knowledge which possesses man, but he will never be able to possess it. One must have rhythm in the mind to comprehend music in its essential being; music gives presentiment, inspiration of heavenly knowledge; and that which the...

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