Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Mephistopheles on trusting yourself

"Mange Knows"

"Mange Knows"
Image credit: Flatbush Pigeon

All this, my friend, will time provide,
And of itself, itself will give;
Soon as you in yourself confide,
You know the way to live!
Mephistopheles to Faust in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe‘s Faust: A Tragedy, translated by Lewis Filmore, (London: William Smith, 1847), p. 79. First published in the German as Faust: eine Tragödie, (Tübingen, Germany: J. G. Cotta’schen Buchhandlung, 1808).

Google Book Viewer


"All this, my friend, will time provide"




My worthy friend, all this will give—
Trust in yourself, then know you how to live.
— in The Faust of Goethe: Part I, in English verse, translated by W. H. Colquhoun, (London: Arthur H. Moxon, 1878), p. 122.

Google Book Viewer


"My worthy friend, all this will give"




My friend, thou soon shalt lose all such misgiving:
Be thou but self-possessed, thou hast the art of living!
— in Faust: A Tragedy, translated by Bayard Taylor, (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1883), p. 82.

Google Book Viewer


"My friend, thou soon shalt lose all such misgiving"

Paraphrases

  • As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Posted on behalf of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on Monday, August 2nd, 2010 under Quotations.

Leave a Reply

You can embed videos and photos in your comments just by including the URL. Here's a list of supported websites and instructions.

You can use these HTML tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>