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The Sorrows of Young Werther




Quotes from the Sorrows of Young Werther


Here are some of our favourite quotes and we think the most important lines from 'The Sorrows of Young Werther' by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It is considered to be one of the most important novels of the Sturm und Drang period in German literature, and a major influence on the later Romantic movement in literature. It was first published in 1774.




"What a torment it is to see so much loveliness passing and repassing before us, and yet not dare to lay hold of it!"



"Sometimes I don't understand how another can love her, is allowed to love her, since I love her so completely myself, so intensely, so fully, grasp nothing, know nothing, have nothing but her!"



"I am proud of my heart alone, it is the sole source of everything, all our strength, happiness and misery. All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own."



"I have so much in me, and the feeling for her absorbs it all; I have so much, and without her it all comes to nothing."



"Every day I succumb to the temptation and make a sacred promise to myself: Tomorrow you'll stay away for once. But when morning comes I again find an irresistible reason, and before I know it I'm with her.





"No one is willing to believe that adults too, like children, wander about this earth in a daze and, like children, do not know where they come from or where they are going, act as rarely as they do according to genuine motives, and are as thoroughly governed as they are by biscuits and cake and the rod"



"It's true that nothing in this world makes us so necessary to others as the affection we have for them."



"How often do I lull my seething blood to rest, for you have never seen anything so unsteady, so uncertain, as this heart."



"I am amazed to see how deliberately I have entangled myself step by step. To have seen my position so clearly, and yet to have acted so like a child."



"I mean now to try and see her as soon as I can: or perhaps, on second thoughts, I had better not; it is better I should behold her through the eyes of her lover. To my sight, perhaps, she would not appear as she now stands before me; and why should I destroy so sweet a picture?" 





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