|A circa 1886 drawing, entitled entitled “More Light” by Friedrich Woldemar (1846-1910), of German polymath Johann Goethe speaking his famous last words, on 22 Mar 1832, to his daughter-in-law, Ottilie, more light! |
“On this day in 1832 Germany's greatest literary light gave the world his last metaphor, this time unintended. As he sat in his Weimar house holding the hand of his daughter-in-law, Ottilie, Goethe spoke of the walks he would take in the warmer months ahead, made some reference to a girl of his youth, and breathed the name of his equally famous, long-dead friend, Friedrich von Schiller. But wanting another shutter opened to the morning sun, the author of Faust called to a servant for "More light!" Then his finger traced a word on the air, he shifted in his chair, and he fell asleep, dying at some moment well before anyone realized.”
“On August 28, 1749, on the stroke of noon, I saw the light of day at Frankfurt-on-the-Main.”
"A joyous light thus beamed at me suddenly out of a dark age, for I had the feeling that all my life I had been aspiring to qualify as a Hypsistarian."
“Do open the shutter of the bedroom so that more light may enter.”