Great Throughts Treasury

This site is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Alan William Smolowe who gave birth to the creation of this database.

Franz Werfel, fully Franz Viktor Werfel

German Writer, Expressionist, Poet, Playwright, Novelist

"Just as bad music is nothing else than organized emptiness of time, so materialistic thinking is nothing else than organized emptiness of spirit."

"No man can be wise against his own wishful thinking."

"Death is frozen time. Time is molten death."

"Every petrified religion is like a blasphemy."

"Religion is the everlasting dialogue between humanity and God. Art is its soliloquy."

"The safest wealth is lack of needs."

"What is happiness other than the grace of being permitted to unfold to their fullest bloom all the spiritual powers planted within us."

"Skeptic always rhymes with septic; the spirit died of intellectual poisoning."

"Art is its soliloquy."

"Life wants to secure itself against the void that is raging within. The risk of eternal void is to be met by the premium of temporal insurance… social security, old age pensions, etc. It springs no less from metaphysical despair than from material misery."

"The basic formula of all sin is: frustrated or neglected love."

"Yes, death is strong, but look you, the strongest, Stronger is music than death."

"False ideals cannot be shattered by criticism. Right ideals must take up the battle against them. "

"Which road, which road did you take that brought you here at last? No road, no road did I take. I leaped, I leaped from dream to dream."

"Between too early and too late, there is never more than a moment."