Franz Werfel

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Franz Viktor Werfel (10 September 189026 August 1945) was an Austrian-Bohemian novelist, playwright, and poet who wrote in German.


Between too early and too late, there is never more than a moment.
  • Magnify the divine mystery and the holiness of mankind.
    • Preface to Das Lied Von Bernadette [The Song of Bernadette] (1941)
  • Zwischen zu früh und zu spät, liegt immer nur ein Augenblick.
    • Between too early and too late, there is never more than a moment.
      • Jacobowsky und der Oberst : Komödie einer Tragödie in drei Akten (1945), p. 52
  • Der sicherste Reichtum ist die Armut an Bedürfnissen.
    • The safest wealth is the poverty of needs.
      • Zwischen oben und unten (1946), p. 315
  • Happiness is … the grace of being permitted to unfold … all the spiritual powers planted within us.
    • As quoted in Journey to New Beginnings : Finding Peace Within (2006) by Debbie Ziemann, p. 167

Quotes about Franz Werfel[edit]

  • That's how it always was:/growing among the columns of poetry./Big brother, it was no pleasure, no.
    • Anna Margolin from the poem "To Franz Werfel," translated from Yiddish by Shirley Kumove in Drunk from the Bitter Truth: The Poems of Anna Margolin (2005). Under the poem's title she quotes Werfel "How blissful we are/Who live in forms."


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