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Quotations From FRIEDRICH VON SCHLEGEL

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  • 1.
    The obsession with moderation is the spirit of castrated narrow-mindedness.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 64 in Selected Aphorisms from the Athenaeum (1798), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • 2.
    Form your life humanly, and you have done enough: but you will never reach the height of art and the depth of science without something divine.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 68 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).

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  • 3.
    Art and works of art do not make an artist; sense and enthusiasm and instinct do.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 63 in Selected Aphorisms from the Lyceum (1797), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • 4.
    Every uneducated person is a caricature of himself.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 63 in Selected Aphorisms from the Athenaeum (1798), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • 5.
    Strictly speaking, the idea of a scientific poem is probably as nonsensical as that of a poetic science.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 61 in Selected Aphorisms from the Lyceum (1797), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).

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  • 6.
    Think of something finite molded into the infinite, and you think of man.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 98 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • 7.
    All the classical genres are now ridiculous in their rigorous purity.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 60 in Selected Aphorisms from the Lyceum (1797), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • 8.
    What is called good society is usually nothing but a mosaic of polished caricatures.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 5 in Selected Aphorisms from the Athenaeum (1798), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • 9.
    You wanted to destroy philosophy and poetry in order to make room for religion and morality which you misunderstood: but you were able to destroy only yourself.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 90 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).

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  • 10.
    One can only become a philosopher, but not be one. As one believes he is a philosopher, he stops being one.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 54 in Selected Aphorisms from the Athenaeum (1798), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
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