Faust Quotes

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Who are you then?"
"I am part of that power which eternally wills evil and eternally works good.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, First Part

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“All theory is gray, my friend. But forever green is the tree of life.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, First Part

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Once I blazed across the sky,
Leaving trails of flame;
I fell to earth, and here I lie -
Who'll help me up again?
-A Shooting Star”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“من هرگز در حسرت بال پرندگان نخواهم بود. جذبه های جانم، از کتابی به کتاب دیگر و از صفحه ای به صفحه ی دیگر مرا به جاهای بسیار دورتر می برند.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Waste not a day in vain digression;
with resolute, courageous trust
seek every possible impression
and make it firmly your posession
you'll then work on because you must.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“If I wasn't a devil myself I'd give
Me up to the Devil this very minute.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust

Salman Rushdie
“A book is a product of a pact with the Devil that inverts the Faustian contract, he'd told Allie. Dr Faustus sacrificed eternity in return for two dozen years of power; the writer agrees to the ruination of his life, and gains (but only if he's lucky) maybe not eternity, but posterity, at least. Either way (this was Jumpy's point) it's the Devil who wins.”
Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses

E.A. Bucchianeri
“To be, or not to be: what a question!”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Faust: My Soul Be Damned for the World: Volume I

E.A. Bucchianeri
“Faustus, who embraced evil and shunned righteousness, became the foremost symbol of the misuse of free will, that sublime gift from God with its inherent opportunity to choose virtue and reject iniquity. “What shall a man gain if he has the whole world and lose his soul,” (Matt. 16: v. 26) - but for a notorious name, the ethereal shadow of a career, and a brief life of fleeting pleasure with no true peace? This was the blackest and most captivating tragedy of all, few could have remained indifferent to the growing intrigue of this individual who apparently shook hands with the devil and freely chose to descend to the molten, sulphuric chasm of Hell for all eternity for so little in exchange. It is a drama that continues to fascinate today as powerfully as when Faustus first disseminated his infamous card in the Heidelberg locale to the scandal of his generation. In fine, a life of good or evil, the hope of Heaven or the despair of Hell, Faustus stands as a reminder that the choice between these two absolutes also falls to us.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Faust: My Soul Be Damned for the World Volume 1

E.A. Bucchianeri
“God Is, Lucifer is a devil, and there is a Hell.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Faust: My Soul Be Damned for the World Volume 1

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“How to please the public - that's the test,
But nowadays I find I'm in a fix;
I know they're not accustomed to the best,
But they've all read so much they know the tricks.
How can we give then something fresh and new
That's serious, but entertaining too?”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Radiohead
“No matter what happens now
You shouldn’t be afraid
Because I know today has been the most perfect day I’ve ever seen.”
Radiohead

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“„Was glänzt ist für den Augenblick geboren; Das Echte bleibt der Nachwelt unverloren.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, First Part

“Judas sold his soul for thirty pieces of silver; Faust sold his for some extra years of youth; Marilyn Monroe deserted Jesus Christ for Arthur Miller.”
Nicholas Samstag, The Uses of Ineptitude or How Not To Want To Do Better

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Through many a long day you'll be taught
That what you once did without thinking,
As easy as if it were eating or drinking,
Must be done in order: one! two! three!
But truly, this though factory of ours
Is like some weaver's masterpiece:
One treadle stirs a thousand threads,
This way and that the shuttles whistle,
Threads flow invisibly, one ... Read morestroke
Ties a thousand knots .... The philosopher steps in
And proves to you it had to be so;
The first was so, the second was so,
And therefore the third and fourth were so.
If the first and second hadn't existed,
The third and fourth would never have existed.
And this is praised by every scholar,
But never a one becomes a weaver.
To know and describe a living thing
You first get rid of all its spirit:
Then the parts are all in the palm of your hand,
And all that you lack is the spirit that binds them!
Encheiresis naturae, chemists call it,
And fool themselves and never know it”
Goethe
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Just take a look at our patrons, and you'll know
Some don't appreciate us, others never will.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“ Într-adevăr ştiu multe, dar aş vrea să ştiu totul. ”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust

E.A. Bucchianeri
“Upon the publication of Goethe’s epic drama, the Faustian legend had reached an almost unapproachable zenith. Although many failed to appreciate, or indeed, to understand this magnum opus in its entirety, from this point onward his drama was the rule by which all other Faust adaptations were measured. Goethe had eclipsed the earlier legends and became the undisputed authority on the subject of Faust in the eyes of the new Romantic generation. To deviate from his path would be nothing short of blasphemy.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Faust: My Soul be Damned for the World, Vol. 2

Thomas Henry Huxley
“In fact a favourite problem of Tyndall is—Given the molecular forces in a mutton chop, deduce Hamlet or Faust therefrom. He is confident that the Physics of the Future will solve this easily.”
Thomas Henry Huxley, Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley - Volume 1

E.A. Bucchianeri
“... Faustus ... dared to confirm he had advanced beyond the level of a scarlet sinner — he was a conscious follower of the Prince of Darkness. The fact he could publicly project an Antichrist image with pride, having no fear of reprisal, and his seeming diabolical art of escaping all punishment when others who were considered heretics had burned at the stake for less, would certainly signal that an unnatural individual walked in their midst. It is true in many respects he assumed the role of the charlatan, yet how apropos, considering his willingness to follow his ‘brother-in-law’ known as the Father of Lies and deception.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Faust: My Soul Be Damned for the World: Volume I

Ramona Fradon
“Mephistopheles' contentious, often ambiguous relationship to Faustus is a reference to tantra just as it is to alchemy. It resembles the shifting tactics of a guru who varies his approach to his pupil in order to dissolve his resistances and prepare him for wider states of consciousness. Both Faustus and the tantric aspirant stimulate and indulge their senses under the guidance of their teachers who encourage them to have sexual encounters with women in their dreams. Both work with magical diagrams or yantras, exhibit extraordinary will, "fly" on visionary journeys, acquire powers of teleportation, invisibility, prophecy, and healing, and have ritual intercourse with women whom they visualize as goddesses. The tantrist [sic] is said to become omniscient as a result of his sacred "marriage," and Faustus produces an omniscient child in his union with the visualized Helen, or Sophia.”
Ramona Fradon, The Gnostic Faustus

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“„Bin weder Fräulein, weder schön,
kann ungeleitet nach Hause gehn.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Helmuth Plessner
“We do not sufficiently respect that anti-mephistoclean force which, like the mephistoclean one, threatens the balance of life: a force that constantly wishes what is good and constantly produces what is evil.”
Helmuth Plessner, Grenzen der Gemeinschaft

“The adjective “Faustian” describes the insatiable striving for the unattainable, the impossible, for all knowledge and all power, for the infinite and perfect. The Faustian human will bow to no tyrant God. He will worship no God. He will never be a slave, servant or serf. He will have no lord and no master. Religious people regard Faust as having “sold his soul to the Devil”. In fact, Faust liberated his soul from the Devil (the Abrahamic God) so that he himself could become a God.”
Joe Dixon, The Intelligence Wars: Logos Versus Mythos

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“k Heb jarenlang achter mijn boeken zitten zweten;
en ‘k weet wel veel maar ik wil alles weten.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Moet ik dan soms in duizend boeken lezen
dat er op aarde veel wordt afgetobd
en maar een enkeling gelukkig zit te wezen?”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Oh you! The most powerful, beloved son of the Earth, shape it again! Slim, beautiful, take the orb in your hand and breathe new life.

-Choir of Spirits”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

S.R.  Hughes
“if you’ll let me hijack your feed for one second, I think we could help each other.

The voice was chemical-sweet, carcinogenic, a pool of oily promise cooking in a silver spoon. Its silky bravado reminded Deirdre of stories about devils and demons, about dark fae spirits feasting on firstborn children after a handshake and a trick.”
S.R. Hughes, The War Beneath

“The Faustian knows that no one is coming to save him. He must save himself. He will try anything, go anywhere, in his quest for the Holy Grail. He commits himself unreservedly to the greatest cause of all – to discover the innermost secrets of creation. And only one person possesses those secrets: God. And that is Faust’s sacred and infinitely inspiring quest – to become God himself. He is the Nietzschean Superman. He has no limits, he bows to no false prophets, he needs no ancient books full of rules and commandments and silly parables and stories.”
Michael Faust, The Right-Brain God

“The Promethean = the Faustian = the eternal seeker = the eternal wanderer = the eternal quester. The Promethean is a romantic, a striving figure, an outsider, a non-conformist. He’s often alone. Conventional society has rejected him and, more importantly, he has rejected conventional society. The HyperHuman plays the Great Game – the God Game. His objective it to transform himself into God ... to undergo the ultimate metamorphosis. The HyperHuman is a new kind of knight, a knight of the mind. He seeks to merit the title of “knight” and lives courageously by a noble code. His life has total focus and purpose. His mind is always focused on the Holy Grail. The search for the Grail is the symbol of the HyperHuman’s search for heaven, for God, to become God.”
Mike Hockney, HyperHumanity

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