A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on passion, growth, wisdom, transformation, enlightenment, and bly

Tell a wise person, or else keep silent, / because the mass man will mock it right away. / I praise what is truly alive, / what longs to be burned to death. / [] In the calm water of the love-nights, / where you were begotten, where you have begotten, / a strange feeling comes over you, / when you see the silent candle burning. / [] Now you are no longer caught in the obsession with darkness, / and a desire for higher love-making sweeps you upward. / [] Distance does not make you falter. / Now, arriving in magic, flying, / and finally, insane for the light, / you are the butterfly and you are gone. / And so long as you haven't experienced this: to die and so to grow, / you are only a troubled guest on the dark earth.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

Source: The Holy Longing - Translated by Robert Bly

Contributed by: Laurie