Friedrich Schiller

(10 November 1759 – 9 May 1805 / Marbach, Württemberg)

Friedrich Schiller
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Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller was a German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright. During the last seventeen years of his life, Schiller struck up a productive, if complicated, friendship with already famous and influential Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe. They frequently discussed issues concerning aesthetics, and Schiller encouraged Goethe to finish works he left as sketches. This relationship and these discussions led to a period now referred to as Weimar Classicism. They also worked together on Xenien, a collection of short satirical poems in which both Schiller and Goethe challenge opponents to their philosophical vision.

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  • ''Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.''
    Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German poet and dramatist.
  • ''The history of the world is the world's court of justice.''
    Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German dramatist, poet, historian. Inaugural lecture, May 26, 1789, as Professor of History at the University of J...
  • ''They would need to be already wise, in order to love wisdom.''
    Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German dramatist, poet, essayist. "Eighth Letter," On the Aesthetic Education of Man (1795).
  • ''The greater part of humanity is too much harassed and fatigued by the struggle with want, to rally itself for a new and sterner struggle with error.''
    Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German dramatist, poet, essayist. "Eighth Letter," On the Aesthetic Education of Man (1795).
  • ''Nothing, it is true, is more common than for both Science and Art to pay homage to the spirit of the age, and for creative taste to accept the law of critical taste.''
    Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German dramatist, poet, essayist. "Eighth Letter," On the Aesthetic Education of Man (1795).
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Best Poem of Friedrich Schiller

The Dance

See how, like lightest waves at play, the airy dancers fleet;
And scarcely feels the floor the wings of those harmonious feet.
Ob, are they flying shadows from their native forms set free?
Or phantoms in the fairy ring that summer moonbeams see?
As, by the gentle zephyr blown, some light mist flees in air,
As skiffs that skim adown the tide, when silver waves are fair,
So sports the docile footstep to the heave of that sweet measure,
As music wafts the form aloft at its melodious pleasure,
Now breaking through the woven chain of the entangled dance,
From where the ...

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