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Quotations From GEORG WILHELM FRIEDRICH HEGEL

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  • 1.
    An idea is always a generalization, and generalization is a property of thinking. To generalize means to think.
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. "Introduction," addition 4, The Philosophy of Right (1821, trans. 1942).
  • 2.
    Truth in philosophy means that concept and external reality correspond.
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. "Introduction," addition 16, The Philosophy of Right (1821, trans. 1942).

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  • 3.
    The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom.
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. "Introduction," sct. 3, The Philosophy of History (1837).

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  • 4.
    The first glance at History convinces us that the actions of men proceed from their needs, their passions, their characters and talents; and impresses us with the belief that such needs, passions and interests are the sole spring of actions.
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. "Introduction," sect. 3, The Philosophy of History (1837).

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  • 5.
    It is easier to discover a deficiency in individuals, in states, and in Providence, than to see their real import and value.
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. "Introduction," sct. 3, The Philosophy of History (1837).
  • 6.
    When liberty is mentioned, we must always be careful to observe whether it is not really the assertion of private interests which is thereby designated.
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. The Philosophy of History, pt. 4, sect. 3, ch. 2 (1837).
  • 7.
    History ... is, indeed, little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
    But what experience and history teach is this—that peoples and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. The Philosophy of History, introduction (1807).

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  • 8.
    The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom.
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. The Philosophy of History, "Introduction," sct. 3 (1837).

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  • 9.
    Mere goodness can achieve little against the power of nature.
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. The Philosophy of Right, addition 58 (1821, trans. 1942).

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  • 10.
    Animals are in possession of themselves; their soul is in possession of their body. But they have no right to their life, because they do not will it.
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. "Property," addition 28, The Philosophy of Right (1821, trans. 1942).

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