Goethe on life, 9

Real life frequently loses its luster

to such an extent that sometimes

you have to refresh it again

with the varnish of fiction.

Das wirkliche Leben verliert oft dergestalt seinen Glanz,

daß man es manchmal mit dem Firnis der Fiktion wieder auffrischen muß.

– Truth and Fiction, Part 2, Book 9 Translation by Goethe Global. No. 3421

Goethe on life, 9

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