Analects of the Core: Goethe on thoughtful writing

Bedenke wohl die erste Zeile,
Daß deine Feder sich nicht übereile!

Before you write this first phrase, think again;
Good sense eludes the overhasty pen.

–the scholar Faust, in Faust: Part One, by J. W. von Goethe, translated by David Luke (Oxford University Press, 1998)

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