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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Human Knowledge

Since thou readest in her what thou thyself hast there written,
And, to gladden the eye, placest her wonders in groups;--
Since o'er her boundless expanses thy cords to extend thou art able,
Thou dost think that thy mind wonderful Nature can grasp.
Thus the astronomer draws his figures over the heavens,
So that he may with more ease traverse the infinite space,
Knitting together e'en suns that by Sirius-distance are parted,
Making them join in the swan and in the horns of the bull.
But because the firmament shows him its glorious ...

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