Quotations From FRANZ GRILLPARZER


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  • The embers glowing in his bosom could set the world on fire, but they cannot warm the heart of a single human being.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1808-1810).

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  • You adorn me with your own opulence. May you never revoke all that you lent me!
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Sappho, in Sappho, act 1, sc. 3 (1819).
  • Without a notion of the transcendental, human beings would, indeed, be animals; however, only fools can be convinced of it, and only degenerates need such a conviction.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1820).
  • A man may welcome his beloved with circumstance, but a woman's love and her concern for his well-being are discreet.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Rhamnes, in Sappho, act 1, sc. 1 (1819).

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  • Distinctly different as a child, as an adolescent, in his prime and in his old age, man considers himself as one, not because he acts, but because he knows.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Fragment, Poems (1841).

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  • Dilettantes appreciate the work, professors the master at the same time.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1836).

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  • Let the will embrace the highest ideals freely and with infinite strength, but let action first take hold of what lies closest.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. "Rule of Life," Poems (1815).

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  • No shortcomings of other people cause us to be more intolerant than those which are caricatures of our own.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1819).

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  • Servants honor their master by their service.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Rhamnes, in Sappho, act 1, sc. 1 (1819).
  • They are not sleeping, but even if they were fast asleep, I'd respect their dreams more than your waking thoughts.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Dobra, in Libussa, act 1 (1872).

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