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By Anonym 13 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

As the ancient commander addressed his soldiers before battle, so should the moralist speak to men in the struggle of the era.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

There are ancient and modern poems which breathe, in their entirety and in every detail, the divine breath of irony. In such poemsthere lives a real transcendental buffoonery. Their interior is permeated by the mood which surveys everything and rises infinitely above everything limited, even above the poet's own art, virtue, and genius; and their exterior form by the histrionic style of an ordinary good Italian buffo.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Religion is usually nothing but a supplement to or even a substitute for education, and nothing is religious in the strict sense which is not a product of freedom. Thus one can say: The freer, the more religious; and the more education, the less religion.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Every complete man has his genius. True virtue is genius.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

When the author has no idea of what to reply to a critic, he then likes to say: you could not do it better anyway. This is the same as if a dogmatic philosopher reproached a skeptic for not being able to devise a system.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

In many a poetic work, one gets here and there, instead of representation merely a title indicating that this or that was supposedto be represented here, that the artist has been prevented from doing it and most humbly asks to be kindly excused.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

It is a thoughtless and immodest presumption to learn anything about art from philosophy. Some do begin as if they hoped to learnsomething new here, since philosophy cannot and should not do anything further than develop the given art experiences and the existing art concepts into a science, improve the views of art, and promote them with the help of a thoroughly scholarly art history, and produce that logical mood about these subjects too which unites absolute liberalism with absolute rigor.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

It is peculiar to mankind to transcend mankind.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Every good man progressively becomes God. To become God, to be man, and to educate oneself, are expressions that are synonymous.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

An artist is he who has his center within himself. He who lacks this must choose a particular leader and mediator outside of himself, not forever, however, but only at first. For man cannot exist without a living center, and if he does not have it within himself, he may seek it only in a human being. Only a human being and his center can stimulate and awaken that of another.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Can we expect the redemption of the world from scholars? I doubt it. But the time has come for all artists to join together as a confederation in an eternal league.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

If the mystical lovers of the arts, who consider all criticism dissection and all dissection destruction of enjoyment, thought logically, an exclamation like "Goodness alive!" would be the best criticism of the most deserving work of art. There are critiques which say nothing but that, only they do so more extensively.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

A definition of poetry can only determine what poetry should be and not what poetry actually was and is; otherwise the most concise formula would be: Poetry is that which at some time and some place was thus named.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

If you want to penetrate into the heart of physics, then let yourself be initiated into the mysteries of poetry.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Witty inspirations are the proverbs of the educated.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

One should have wit, but not wish to have it; otherwise there will be witticism, the Alexandrian style of wit.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Genius is, to be sure, not a matter of arbitrariness, but rather of freedom, just as wit, love, and faith, which once shall become arts and disciplines. We should demand genius from everybody, without, however, expecting it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

If one believes philosophers, then what we call religion is only a deliberately popularized or an instinctively artless philosophy. Poets seem to consider religion rather as a variation of poetry which by misjudging its proper beautiful game takes itself too seriously and one-sidedly. Philosophy, however, admits and recognizes that it can begin and complete itself only with religion. Poetry seeks only to strive for the infinite and despises worldly utility and culture, which are the true antitheses of religion. Eternal peace among artists is thus not far away.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Every uneducated person is a caricature of himself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Gracefulness is a correct life: sensuality which contemplates and forms itself.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Man is a creative retrospection of nature upon itself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

In the ancients, one sees the accomplished letter of entire poetry: in the moderns, one has the presentiment of the spirit in becoming.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Aphorisms are the true form of the universal philosophy.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Plato's philosophy is a dignified preface to future religion.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

The essential point of view of Christianity is sin.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

All the great truths are basically trivial and so we have to find new ways, preferably paradoxical ways, of expressing them, in order to keep them from falling into oblivion.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

An artist is he for whom the goal and center of life is to form his mind.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Kant introduced the concept of the negative into philosophy. Would it not also be worthwhile to try to introduce the concept of the positive into philosophy?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

The difference between religion and morality lies simply in the classical division of things into the divine and the human, if one only interprets this correctly.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Reason is mechanical, wit chemical, and genius organic spirit.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Publication is to thinking as childbirth is to the first kiss.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Form your life humanly, and you have done enough: but you will never reach the height of art and the depth of science without something divine.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

No idea is isolated, but is only what it is among all ideas.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

All thinking of the religious man is etymological, a reduction of all concepts to the original intuition, to the characteristic.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

In the world of language, or in other words in the world of art and liberal education, religion necessarily appears as mythology or as Bible.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Whoever has not arrived at the clear insight that there might be greatness entirely outside his own sphere for which he has no understanding, whoever does not have at least a dim inkling in which area of the human spirit this greatness might be situated: he is within his own sphere either without genius, or he has not educated himself up to the point of the classical attitude.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

The life of the artist should be distinguished from that of all other people, even in external habits. They are Brahmins, a higher caste, not ennobled by birth, however, but through deliberate self-initiation.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Honor is the mysticism of legality

By Anonym 13 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Good drama must be drastic.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

He who has religion will speak poetry. But philosophy is the tool with which to seek and discover religion.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Without poetry, religion becomes obscure, false, and malignant; without philosophy, licentious in all wantonness, and lascivious to the point of self-castration.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Ideas are infinite, original, and lively divine thoughts.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Laziness is the one divine fragment of a godlike existence left to man from paradise.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Since poetry is infinitely valuable, I do not understand why it should be more valuable than this or that which is also infinitelyvaluable. There are artists who perhaps do not think art to be too great, for this is impossible, and yet they are not free enough to be able to rise above their own best accomplishments.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

A good preface must be the root and the square of the book at the same time.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

The naive is what is or appears to be natural, individual, or classical to the point of irony or to the point of continuous alternation of self-creation and self-destruction. If it is only instinct, then it is childlike, childish, or silly; if it is only intention, it becomes affectation.