Friedrich Von Schlegel Quotes

72 Friedrich Von Schlegel quotes:

"There is no self-knowledge but an historical one. No one knows what he himself is who does not know his fellow men, especially the most prominent one of the community, the master's master, the genius of the age."
"Think of something finite molded into the infinite, and you think of man."
"Versatility of education can be found in our best poetry, but the depth of mankind should be found in the philosopher."
"What men are among the other formations of the earth, artists are among men."
"When reason and unreason come into contact, an electrical shock occurs. This is called polemics."
"Whoever does not philosophize for the sake of philosophy, but rather uses philosophy as a means, is a sophist."
"Wit as an instrument of revenge is as infamous as art is as a means of sensual titillation."
"Wit is an explosion of the compound spirit."
"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."
"Women are treated as unjustly in poetry as in life. The feminine ones are not idealistic, and the idealistic not feminine."
"Women do not have as great a need for poetry because their own essence is poetry."
"A classical work doesn't ever have to be understood entirely. But those who are educated and who are still educating themselves must desire to learn more and more from it."
"A family can develop only with a loving woman as its center."
"A so-called happy marriage corresponds to love as a correct poem to an improvised song."
"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."
"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."

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