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Quotations From FRIEDRICH VON SCHILLER


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  • Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.
    Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German poet and dramatist.
  • 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).

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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.

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  • 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).
  • Posterity weaves no garlands for imitators.
    Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German dramatist, poet, historian. Wallenstein's Camp, prologue (1798).
  • A gloomy guest fits not a wedding feast.
    Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German dramatist, poet, historian. Tell, in Wilhelm Tell, act 4, sc. 3, trans. by Sir Thomas Martin.

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  • 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.

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