Friedrich von Hardenberg

[Novalis] (1772_1801)

Friedrich von Hardenberg Quotes

  • ''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 has developed, chaos has been transformed into a manifold world.''
    Novalis [Friedrich Von Hardenberg] (1772-1801), German novelist, philosopher, poet. Blüthenstaub (Pollen), fragment no. 95 (1798).
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  • ''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).
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  • ''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 Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790).
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  • ''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).
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  • ''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 agility, is won here.''
    Novalis [Friedrich Von Hardenberg] (1772-1801), German novelist, philosopher, poet. Blüthenstaub (Pollen), fragment no. 96 (1798).
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  • ''The art of writing books is not yet invented. But it is at the point of being invented. Fragments of this nature are literary seeds. There may be many an infertile grain among them: nevertheless, if only some come up!''
    Novalis [Friedrich Von Hardenberg] (1772-1801), German novelist, philosopher, poet. Blüthenstaub (Pollen), fragment no. 114 (1798).
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  • ''We are on a mission: we are called to the cultivation of the earth.''
    Novalis [Friedrich Von Hardenberg] (1772-1801), German novelist, philosopher, poet. Blüthenstaub (Pollen), fragment no. 32 (1798).
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  • ''Everywhere we seek the Absolute, and always we find only things.''
    Novalis [Friedrich Von Hardenberg] (1772-1801), German novelist, philosopher, poet. Blüthenstaub (Pollen), fragment no. 1 (1798).
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  • ''Every beloved object is the center point of a paradise.''
    Novalis [Friedrich Von Hardenberg] (1772-1801), German novelist, philosopher, poet. Blüthenstaub (Pollen), fragment no. 51 (1798).
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  • ''The normal present connects the past and the future through limitation. Contiguity results, crystallization by means of solidification. There also exists, however, a spiritual present that identifies past and future through dissolution, and this mixture is the element, the atmosphere of the poet.''
    Novalis [Friedrich Von Hardenberg] (1772-1801), German novelist, philosopher, poet. Blüthenstaub (Pollen), fragment no. 109 (1798).
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