Writers (English Version)




Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832)

Famous for: The Sorrows of Young Werther, Faust, Der Erlkönig, Iphigenia in Tauris, poems

Goethe Documentary (German)




Over all the hill-tops

Is Rest,

In all the tree-tops

You can feel

Scarcely a breath:

The little birds quiet in the leaves.

Wait now, soon you

Too will have peace.



Friedrich Schiller (1759 – 1805)

Famous for: Ode to Joy, Don Carlos, William Tell, Mary Stuart, The Robbers, poems

Friedrich Schiller Documentary



To save all we must risk all.



Heinrich Heine (1797 – 1856)

Famous for: Germany. A Winter’s Tale, Book of Songs, Die Harzreise, poems

Deutschland, ein Wintermärchen (German)




Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings.




Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729 – 1781)

Famous for: Nathan the Wise, Emilia Galotti, Miss Sara Sampson

Lyrik für alle – Lessing (German)



The most deadly fruit is borne by the hatred which one grafts on an extinguished friendship





Heinrich von Kleist (1777 – 1801)

Famous for:  The Broken Jug, Penthesilea, The Prince of Homburg, The Marquise of O

“Die Akte Kleist” (Trailer German)





Misconceptions are unavoidable now that we’ve eaten of the Tree of Knowledge. But Paradise is locked and bolted, and the cherubim stands behind us. We have to go on and make the journey round the world to see if it is perhaps open somewhere at the back.




Annette von Droste-Hülshoff (1797 – 1848)

Famous for: Die Judenbuche, Poems






Oh night, you canopy of embroidered gold!
Oh moon, you lamp of silver!
You, who shroud the world around
And you, who lights us all.





Hermann Hesse (1877 – 1962)

Famous for: Siddhartha, Narcissus and Goldmund, Steppenwolf

Hesse Documentary




Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.



Theodor Fontane (1819 – 1898)

Famous for: Effi Briest, Irrungen Wirrungen, Frau Jenny Treibel, poems

Fontane “John Maynard” (Poem, German)



Happiness, it seems to me, consists of two things: first, in being where you belong, and second — and best — in comfortably going through everyday life, that is, having had a good night’s sleep and not being hurt by new shoes.




Heinrich Böll (1917 – 1985)

Famous for: The Clown, The Train was on Time, The Silent Angel

Heinrich Böll Documentary (German)



When I got the Nobel Prize I said to myself that it had made me neither smarter nor more stupid.




Ingeborg Bachmann (1926 – 1973)


Famous for: Poetry, Das Dreißigste Jahr, Malina





Wherever we turn in the storm of roses,
the night is lit up by thorns, and the thunder
of leaves, once so quiet within the bushes,
rumbling at our heels.





Erich Kästner (1899 – 1974)

Famous for: Emil and the Detectives, The Flying Classroom, Lottie and Lisa




“Nur wer erwachsen wird und ein Kind bleibt, ist ein Mensch.”




Christa Wolf (1929 – 2011)

Famous for: Cassandra, Divided Heaven, What Remains




Denn ich ohne Bücher bin nicht ich.




Günter Grass (1927 – 2015)

Famous for: The Tin Drum, Cat and Mouse, Dog Years



Even bad books are books and therefore sacred.



Michael Ende (1929 – 1995)

Famous for: The Never-ending Story, Momo, Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver



You wish for something, you’ve wanted it for years, and you’re sure you want it, as long as you know you can’t have it. But if all at once it looks as though your wish might come true, you suddenly find yourself wishing you had never wished for any such thing. (The Never-ending Story)



Otfried Preussler (1923 – 2013)

Famous for: Krabat, The Little Ghost


Denn Dummheit und Glück ja mit vorliebe Hand in Hand gingen.



Cornelia Funke (1958 – )

Famous for: Inkheart, The Thief Lord, Dragon Rider




If I was a book, I would like to be a library book, so I would be taken home by all different sorts of kids.


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