Friedrich Schiller

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

Quotations

  • ''Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.''
    Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German poet and dramatist.
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  • ''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 Jena, Weimar, Germany. See also Hegel's comment under "history," rendering a similar idea.
  • ''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).
  • ''To save all we must risk all.''
    Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German dramatist, poet, essayist. Fiesco, in Fiesco, act 4, sc. 6.
  • ''Man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man, and he is only completely a man when he plays.''
    Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German dramatist, poet, essayist. "Fifteenth Letter," On the Aesthetic Education of Man (1795).
  • ''The hat is the pride of man; for he who cannot keep his hat on before kings and emperors is no free man.''
    Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German dramatist, poet, historian. Kellermeister, in Piccolomini, act 4, sc. 5, trans. by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
  • ''No doubt the artist is the child of his time; but woe to him if he is also its disciple, or even its favorite.''
    Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German dramatist, poet, essayist. "Ninth Letter," On the Aesthetic Education of Man (1795).
  • ''Utility is the great idol of the age, to which all powers must do service and all talents swear allegiance.''
    Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German dramatist, poet, essayist. "Second Letter," On the Aesthetic Education of Man (1795).

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Longing

Could I from this valley drear,
Where the mist hangs heavily,
Soar to some more blissful sphere,
Ah! how happy should I be!
Distant hills enchant my sight,
Ever young and ever fair;
To those hills I'd take my flight
Had I wings to scale the air.

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