The Goethe of these elder years is seen to most advantage in the 'Conversations with Eckermann.'
Eckermann's is a wonderful book, but only represents Goethe at eighty.
He thought no more of swallowing up poor Eckermann's existence in his own, than the whale thought of swallowing Jonah.
I am beginning to read Eckermann's Goethe—it promised to be a most interesting work.
Eckermann in his conversations with Goethe69 relates the circumstances under which the appendices were added to the earlier work.
Towards the end of his life, in conversation with Eckermann, he made some remarks which indicate his attitude.
The true charity of Goethe is to be inferred from the account he gave Dr. Eckermann of the way in which he had spent his fortune.
A passage on this subject may be quoted from "Eckermann's Conversations with Goethe:"
Goethe's saying to Eckermann applies to them with deadly force.
Eckermann could instruct Goethe in ornithology, but could not Goethe instruct Eckermann in the meaning and mystery of the bird?