Goethe on reading, 1

We read far too much poor stuff,
which fouls time and gains us nothing.
We really should only read
what we admire …

Man liest viel zu viel geringe Sachen, womit
man die Zeit verdirbt und wovon man weiter
nichts hat. Man sollte eigentlich immer nur
das lesen, was man bewundert …

-Conversations of Goethe with Eckermann and Soret, March 9, 1831
Translation by Goethe Global.

No. 3039

Goethe on books, 1

Some books seem to have been written not to teach us anything, but to let us know that the author has known something.

Gewisse Bücher scheinen geschrieben zu sein, nicht damit man daraus lerne, sondern damit man wisse, daß der Verfasser etwas gewußt hat.

-Maxims and Reflections, No. 72
Translation by Bailey Saunders.

No. 3114