Friedrich Von Schlegel Quotes

72 Friedrich Von Schlegel quotes:

"Morality without a sense of paradox is mean."
"Mysteries are feminine; they like to veil themselves but still want to be seen and divined."
"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."
"Nothing truly convincing - which would possess thoroughness, vigor, and skill - has been written against the ancients as yet; especially not against their poetry."
"Novels are the Socratic dialogues of our time. Practical wisdom fled from school wisdom into this liberal form."
"Novels tend to end as the Paternoster begins: with the kingdom of God on earth."
"One can only become a philosopher, but not be one. As one believes he is a philosopher, he stops being one."
"One has only as much morality as one has philosophy and poetry."
"Publication is to thinking as childbirth is to the first kiss."
"Reason is mechanical, wit chemical, and genius organic spirit."
"Since philosophy now criticizes everything it comes across, a critique of philosophy would be nothing less than a just reprisal."
"Strictly speaking, the idea of a scientific poem is probably as nonsensical as that of a poetic science."
"The German national character is a favorite subject of character experts, probably because the less mature a nation, the more she is an object of criticism and not of history."
"The historian is a prophet looking backward."
"The main thing is to know something and to say it."
"The poetry of this one is called philosophical, of that one philological, of a third rhetorical, and so on. Which is then the poetic poetry?"
"The subject of history is the gradual realization of all that is practically necessary."
"The surest method of being incomprehensible or, moreover, to be misunderstood is to use words in their original sense; especially words from the ancient languages."
"There are writers in Germany who drink the Absolute like water; and there are books in which even the dogs make references to the Infinite."

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