Goethe Archives - Ethics & Public Policy Center

The Ordinary Ennobled

Maybe if one were to call self-actualization by another name, its stigma would be reduced. So call it self-perfection instead, and think of Goethe as its finest embodiment.

The Noble Goethe

There have been very few Renaissance men since the Renaissance—and they weren’t exactly thick on the ground even in their glory days. No modern figure is more worthy of that appellation than Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.