The work which is presented in the following pages is intended to be a modest contribution to the natural history of Weltschmerz.
Well, it is a form of Weltschmerz, and only afflicts the well-fed.
And it is in this light only that Werther's malady deserves in any comprehensive sense the term Weltschmerz.
Weltschmerz is essentially a symptom of a period of conflict, of transition.
Solomon Gabirol may be said to have been the first poet thrilled by Weltschmerz.
And just as his ideals are vague and abstract, so too are the expressions of his Weltschmerz.
So far as we may judge from his lyrics, very little of Lenau's Weltschmerz was inspired by patriotic considerations.
They are going through a period of storm and stress; they are torn by Weltschmerz.
This betrayed and resigned Saviour has upon Him the Weltschmerz of Prometheus.
In his vicinity there was no room for pessimistic philosophies, for Weltschmerz or Karma.