Friedrich Holderlin

(20 March 1770 – 6 June 1843 / Germany)

Human Applause


Isn't my heart holy, more full of life's beauty,
since I fell in love? Why did you like me more
when I was prouder and wilder, more full
of words, yet emptier?

Well, the crowd likes whatever sells in the
marketplace; and no one but a slave
appreciates violent men. Only those who
are themselves godlike believe in the gods.

Submitted: Monday, September 13, 2010

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