Friedrich von Hardenberg

[Novalis] (1772_1801)

Friedrich von Hardenberg
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Novalis was the pseudonym of Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg (May 2, 1772 – March 25, 1801), a poet, an author and philosopher of early German Romanticism.

Georg Philipp Friedrich von Hardenberg was born in 1772 at Oberwiederstedt manor (now part of Arnstein, Saxony-Anhalt), in the Harz mountains. The family seat was a manorial estate, not simply a stately home. Novalis descended from ancient, Low German nobility. Different lines of the family include such important, influential magistrates and ministry officials as the Prussian chancellor Karl August von Hardenberg (1750–1822). An oil painting and a christening cap commonly assigned to Novalis are his only ... more »

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  • Before abstraction everything is one, but one like chaos; after abstraction everything is united again, but this union is a free binding of autonomous, self-determined beings. Out of a mob a society h...
    Novalis [Friedrich Von Hardenberg] (1772-1801), German novelist, philosopher, poet. Blüthenstaub (Pollen), fragment no. 95 (1798).
  • ''The best thing about the sciences is their philosophical ingredient, like life for an organic body. If one dephilosophizes the sciences, what remains left? Earth, air, and water.''
    Novalis [Friedrich Von Hardenberg] (1772-1801), German novelist, philosopher, poet. Blüthenstaub (Pollen), fragment no. 62 (1798).
  • ''Many counterrevolutionary books have been written in favor of the Revolution. But Burke has written a revolutionary book against the Revolution.''
    Novalis [Friedrich Von Hardenberg] (1772-1801), German novelist, philosopher, poet. Blüthenstaub (Pollen), fragment no. 104 (1798). Referring to E...
  • ''Nothing is more indispensable to true religiosity than a mediator that links us with divinity.''
    Novalis [Friedrich Von Hardenberg] (1772-1801), German novelist, philosopher, poet. Blüthenstaub (Pollen), fragment no. 74 (1798).
  • If the world is a precipitation of human nature, so to speak, then the divine world is a sublimation of the same. Both occur in one act. No precipitation without sublimation. What goes lost there in a...
    Novalis [Friedrich Von Hardenberg] (1772-1801), German novelist, philosopher, poet. Blüthenstaub (Pollen), fragment no. 96 (1798).
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