Correction: Goethe, not Hegel

Michael Feldman mfeldman at mmm.edu
Sat Jul 19 13:57:04 MDT 2003


I think it was actually "Theory is grey, my friend, but the tree of life is
evergreen." Pretty much the same thing.

I did a search and also found it quoted as ""All theory, dear friend, is
grey, but the golden tree of actual life springs every green."
               J.W. von Goethe  Studierzimmer

-M.F.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jurriaan Bendien
To: Marxmail List
Sent: 7/19/03 12:22 PM
Subject: Correction: Goethe, not Hegel

In a previous post to Julio, I falsely attributed Goethe's saying 'Grey
is
all theory, but green alone the
tree of life' to GWF Hegel (1770-1831), who said "Minerva's owl flies at
dusk", but in reality it was  JW Goethe (1749-1832) who talked about the
green tree of life.

It is of course possible, that Hegel did use Goethe's phrase, but I
cannot
find a locus for this immediately. Interestingly, Goethe lived a lot
longer
than Hegel.

Regards

Jurriaan




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