Where have you been

QUOTE RESEARCH

Pseudo-Johann-Wolfgang-von-Goethe quote.

This bon mot was only put on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in the 21st century and can be found as little in his digitized works as it is in relevant lexicons.

The now very popular cuckoo quote has been the motto of hikers since the end of the 20th century, has been a slogan on T-shirts since 1999 (without attribution to Goethe) and was used as an advertising slogan by tourism companies in the following years without attribution to Goethe Germany and Austria used.


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According to a chronological search with the newspaper search engine genios.de, the Wanderer motto was first ascribed to Goethe in a slightly different wording in 2005 (Badische Zeitung, January 14, 2005) and since about 2012 it has been incorrectly ascribed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe enforced in newspapers and on the Internet.

 

Examples of incorrect attributions to Goethe:


 2009

  • "'You have only really been where you have been on foot' - Goethe once wrote, possibly when he passed Montebelluna, the Italian shoe heaven ..." alpenverein.at, March 15, 2009

2012

  • "No wonder, because Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote: 'You have only really been where you have been on foot." "Westfälische Nachrichten, December 24, 2012

2014

  • "But if you have walked the Lahnwanderweg, you understand Goethe's sentence: 'You have only really been where you have been on foot.'" Der Spiegel, August 10, 2014

2015

  • "Only where you've been on foot until you've really been. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote that down back then." Stuttgarter Zeitung, March 17, 2015

2016

  • "Those who hike far enough will experience that migrant work ('You've only really been where you've been on foot.' - Goethe) turns into wanderlust." Die Welt, July 31, 2016

2017 

  • "This is how Goethe's 'You've only really been where you've been on foot' ..." NZZ, November 14, 2017

2018

  • "'You have only really been where you have been on foot,' said Johann Wolfgang von Goethe." Courier, June 21, 2018

 2020

  • "'You have only really been where you have been on foot,' wrote Goethe. The fact that this much-quoted sentence is more than a pretty phrase is indicated by recent travel trends, in which the pace of movement is deliberately slowed down.
    TAZ, May 24, 2020

 

 

 

 

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"Lexicon of Goethe Quotes". Edited by Richard Dobel, Artemis Verlag, Weltbild Verlag, Augsburg: 1991
Examples of the cuckoo quote:
NZZ, November 14, 2017

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Thank you libris for the photo of this cuckoo quote.