Analects of the Core: Goethe on Faust’s studies

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Well, that’s Philosophy I’ve read, / And Law and Medicine, and I fear / Theology, too, from A to Z; / Hard studies all, that have cost me dear. / And so I sit, poor silly man / No wiser now than when I began.

[Habe nun, ach! Philosophie, / Juristerey und Medicin, / Und leider auch Theologie! / Durchaus studirt, mit heißem Bemühn. / Da steh’ ich nun, ich armer Thor! / Und bin so klug als wie zuvor...]

–– the scholar Faust, speaking in Goethe’s play by that name (lines 354–59), and sounding rather like a Core student growing impatient for the start of the spring break recess. Translation by David Luke.

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