Friedrich von Schlegel

(10 March 1772 – 12 January 1829 / Hanover)

Friedrich von Schlegel Quotes

  • ''It is peculiar to mankind to transcend mankind.''
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 21 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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  • ''Witty inspirations are the proverbs of the educated.''
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 29 in Selected Aphorisms from the Athenaeum (1798), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • ''Virtue is reason which has become energy.''
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 23 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • ''Gracefulness is a correct life: sensuality which contemplates and forms itself.''
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 29 in Selected Aphorisms from the Lyceum (1797), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • ''When reason and unreason come into contact, an electrical shock occurs. This is called polemics.''
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 300 in Selected Aphorisms from the Athenaeum (1798), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • ''Wit is the appearance, the external flash of imagination. Thus its divinity, and the witty character of mysticism.''
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 26 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • ''Plato's philosophy is a dignified preface to future religion.''
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 27 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • ''One should have wit, but not wish to have it; otherwise there will be witticism, the Alexandrian style of wit.''
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 32 in Selected Aphorisms from the Athenaeum (1798), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • ''Man is a creative retrospection of nature upon itself.''
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 28 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • ''A priest is he who lives solely in the realm of the invisible, for whom all that is visible has only the truth of an allegory.''
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 2 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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