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Goethe and the Rotten Apple

“It only takes one rotten apple to spoil the basket!” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe would certainly disagree with this saying. I suppose he adheres to the saying, “Old is Gold”.

Goethe was so addicted to the saying that he could not write if he had no rotten apple in his desk. He says thoughts emerged in his mind only after he looked at the rotten apple!

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the renowned writer, is a German poet and novelist. Some of the renowned works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe include Faust; The Sorrows of Young Werther and Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship. To read more about him you can visit this great article. Reading some famous quotes by Goethe at John Petrie's Collection is a must. For more information about this great author, visit Wikipedia.

Goethe's works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, theology, humanism, and science. Goethe's magnum opus, lauded as one of the peaks of world literature, is the two-part drama Faust.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Maybe it was just a hallucination by the writer to think that keeping a rotten apple in his desk helped in improving his writing; but why not give it a try?

Goethe has revealed this astounding secret of his success of the rotten apple, now it’s time to share yours! I would love to know what you do to bear sweet fruits!

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  1. AaYuShI  


    Btw you're tagged Meghna

  2. Meghna  

    Hi dearie,
    ll try and do it soon :P

  3. Aคyushι  


    I keep my mind open while writing.Tee hee! :D

  4. Prashanth Nagaraj  


    ur 2 gud for a 14 yr old..

    hav tagged u!!!1

  5. Damon Lord  

    I should suggest that Goethe may not have meant an literal rotten apple (although who knows it may have inspired him, started the grey matter going), but rather a literary rotten apple. What I mean is an old story or novel that is badly written and needs a polish to work into something better, or perhaps a piece of work that is so bad that it inspired Goethe to say: I can write much better than that.

  6. Meghna  

    @ Damon lord- get me wrong. I just meant to say that maybe...maybe it could help you out tooo and there's no harm in taking a chance once, is there ? Yes, what you say is correct I believe, though t did not strike ...LOL! Thanks a lot for that comment :)

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  8. Anonymous  

    You may be confusing him with his contemporary, Schiller.

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