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     Literature Goethe: Faust V. Some verses

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Exercise: Goethe, Faust

  V. Some verses

7) ... es irrt der Mensch solange er strebt ...

  DER HERR   THE LORD.
Es irrt der Mensch so lang er strebt Man errs as long as he doth strive.
     

This is one of the best known verses of the whole Faust. Many people quote it without knowing that it is originally written in Faust. Often the philosophical context is missed. Most people just see that man cannot make mistakes as long as he doesn't do anything, which is evidently correct.
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