Quotations From FRANZ GRILLPARZER


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  • Our poetry emulates the recent progress in military strategy: Our army's strength is the foot soldiers.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Poems (1846).

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  • Why does the past look so enticing to us? For the same reason why from a distance a meadow with flowers looks like a flower bed.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1817).

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  • Lap-dogs and blood-hounds enjoy the greatest respect at court; house-dogs and no dogs at all are not even considered.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Poems (1846).

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  • Turning popular opinion upside down does not make an original.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1838).
  • A love that dies has never lived.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1808-1810).

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  • Prose talks and poetry sings.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Poems (1837).

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  • The spirit of poetry combines the profundity of the philosopher and the child's delight in bright pictures.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1837-1838).

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  • Erroneous views and presumptuousness send a talent to the insane asylum.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Poems (1854).
  • Captivating the spirit of the age is a matter of great talent; being swept away by it characterizes an average mind. The two are as different from one another as activity and passivity.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1836).
  • Feeling and thinking are actually the blind man who carries the lame.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Poems (1857).
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