Saturday, January 12, 2019


An Empty World

The Correspondence of Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1834-1872, Vol. I (Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1883), p. 18 (Carlyle to Emerson, August 12, 1834):
"Not till we can think that here and there one is thinking of us, one is loving us, does this waste Earth become a peopled Garden."
Goethe, Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, Book VII, Chapter V (tr. Thomas Carlyle):
The world is waste and empty, when we figure only towns and hills and rivers in it: but to know of some one here and there, whom we accord with, who is living with us even in silence, makes this earthy ball a peopled garden.

Die Welt ist so leer, wenn man nur Berge, Flüsse und Städte darin denkt, aber hie und da jemand zu wissen, der mit uns übereinstimmt, mit dem wir auch stillschweigend fortleben, das macht uns dieses Erdenrund erst zu einem bewohnten Garten.

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