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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749-1832 John Bartlett

    Who never ate his bread in sorrow,
  Who never spent the darksome hours
Weeping, and watching for the morrow,—
  He knows ye not, ye gloomy Powers.
          Wilhelm Meister. Book ii. Chap. xiii.
    Know’st thou the land where the lemon-trees bloom,
Where the gold orange glows in the deep thicket’s gloom,
Where a wind ever soft from the blue heaven blows,
And the groves are of laurel and myrtle and rose? 1
          Wilhelm Meister. Book iii. Chap. i.
    Art is long, life short; 2 judgment difficult, opportunity transient.
          Wilhelm Meister. Book vii. Chap. ix.
    The sagacious reader who is capable of reading between these lines what does not stand written in them, but is nevertheless implied, will be able to form some conception.
          Autobiography. Book xviii. Truth and Beauty.
Note 1.
See Byron, Quotation 122. [back]
Note 2.
See Chaucer, Quotation 52. [back]