Friedrich Von Schlegel Quotes

72 Friedrich Von Schlegel quotes:

"About no subject is there less philosophizing than about philosophy."
"All men are somewhat ridiculous and grotesque, just because they are men; and in this respect artists might well be regarded as man multiplied by two. So it is, was, and shall be."
"All the classical genres are now ridiculous in their rigorous purity."
"Every complete man has his genius. True virtue is genius."
"Every uneducated person is a caricature of himself."
"Man is a creative retrospection of nature upon itself."
"No idea is isolated, but is only what it is among all ideas."
"Nothing is more witty and grotesque than ancient mythology and Christianity; that is because they are so mystical."
"Strictly speaking, the idea of a scientific poem is probably as nonsensical as that of a poetic science."
"What men are among the other formations of the earth, artists are among men."
"Wit is the appearance, the external flash of imagination. Thus its divinity, and the witty character of mysticism."
"Witty inspirations are the proverbs of the educated."
"Irony is the form of paradox. Paradox is what is good and great at the same time."
"A so-called happy marriage corresponds to love as a correct poem to an improvised song."
"How many authors are there among writers? Author means originator."
"Like Leibniz's possible worlds, most men are only equally entitled pretenders to existence. There are few existences."
"One can only become a philosopher, but not be one. As one believes he is a philosopher, he stops being one."
"An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog."
"Aphorisms are the true form of the universal philosophy."
"Novels are the Socratic dialogues of our time. Practical wisdom fled from school wisdom into this liberal form."

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