Franz Grillparzer

(15 January 1791 – 21 January 1872 / Vienna)

Franz Grillparzer Quotes

  • ''Human life, old and young, takes place between hope and remembrance. The young man sees all the gates to his desires open, and the old man remembers—his hopes.''
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Album entry, Poems (1841).
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  • ''They are miserly, the princes of Austria, you need not grieve about it; they may not donate anything, but they allow themselves to be fleeced, the good lords.''
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Poems (1844).
  • ''What raises great poetry above all else—it is the entire person and also the entire world.''
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Also: commemorative sheet for Friedrich von Reden and Wilhelm von Wartenegg. Album entry, Poems (1862).
  • ''The art of acting presupposes three phases: understanding a part, intuiting a part, and contemplating the essence of a part.''
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1820).
  • ''"What are the characteristics of today's world so that one may recognize it by them?" It pays pensions and borrows money: credit and monuments.''
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Poems (1840).
  • ''At certain times, men regard poetry merely as a bright flame, but to women it was, and always will be, a warm fire.''
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. "Album Leaf", Poems (1830).
  • ''Genius resembles a bell; in order to ring it must be suspended into pure air, and when a foreign body touches it, its joyful tone is silenced.''
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1809).
  • ''Nothing genuinely historical was ever lost in this country. For this reason we have two ruling parties: villains and fools.''
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Poems (1839).
  • ''The first indication of a young person's growing smarter is that he no longer understands the things which he used to consider quite intelligible and self-evident.''
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1811).
  • ''I understand the phrase "Honor the Women" all too well: the poet has probably a wife of his own, but he prefers to honor another.''
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. A toast, Poems (1859).

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Best Poem of Franz Grillparzer


Auf die Hände küßt die Achtung,
Freundschaft auf die offne Stirn,
Auf die Wange Wohlgefallen,
Sel'ge Liebe auf den Mund;
Aufs geschloßne Aug' die Sehnsucht,
In die hohle Hand Verlangen,
Arm und Nacken die Begierde,
Übrall sonst die Raserei.

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Fragt ihr mich, was das Schöne sei?
Seht zu, ob ich´s verfehle;
Ein Gleichnis beut die Liebe mir:
Es geht vom Körper aus, gleich ihr,
und endigt in der Seele.

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