Saturday, December 2, 2017

Heinrich Himmler, a Prize Tulip, and Quotes from Goethe

Himmler with a prize tulip at a market garden in the late 1930s...

From Goethe's "Metamorphosis of Plants":

"Every plant unto thee proclaimeth the laws everlasting,
Every flower speaks louder and louder to thee"

From Part I of 'Faust'; Mephistopheles tells Faust:

"Good! A method can be used
without physicians, gold, or magic,
Go out into the open field
and start to dig and cultivate;
keep your body and your spirit
in a humble and restricted sphere,
sustain yourself by simple fare,
live with your herd and spread your own manure
on land from which you reap your nourishment.
Believe me, that's the best procedure
to keep your youth for eighty years or more."