Christoph Martin Wieland

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Less is often more.

Christoph Martin Wieland (September 5 1733January 20 1813) was a German poet, dramatist and translator, best known for his Oberon and other romances on medieval or oriental subjects.


  • Ein Wahn, der mich beglückt,
    Ist eine Wahrheit werth, die mich zu Boden drückt.
    • An illusion which makes me happy is worth a verity which drags me to the ground.
    • Idris, ein heroisch-comisches Gedicht, Song 3, line 79 (1768); translation from Harry T. Reis and Caryl E. Rusbult (eds.) Close Relationships (New York: Psychology Press, 2004) p. 321.
  • Noch einmahl sattelt mir den Hippogryfen, ihr Musen,
    Zum Ritt ins alte romantische Land!
    • Saddle the Hippogriffs, ye Muses nine,
      And straight we'll ride to the land of old Romance.
    • Oberon, Song 1, st. 1 (1780) [1]; translation from Frederick Metcalfe History of German Literature (London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans and Roberts, 1858) p. 109.
  • Nichts halb zu thun ist edler Geister Art.
    • To do nothing by halves is the way of noble spirits.
    • Oberon, Song 5, st. 30 [2]; translation from A. B. Faust (ed.) Oberon (New York: F. S. Crofts, 1940) p. 326.

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