Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

(1770-1831 / Stuttgart)

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Quotes

  • ''When Philosophy with its abstractions paints grey in grey, the freshness and life of youth has gone, the reconciliation is not a reconciliation in the actual, but in the ideal world.''
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. Lectures on The History of Philosophy, vol. 1, introduction, p. 52, Humanities Press (1974).
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  • ''The heart-throb for the welfare of humanity therefore passes into the ravings of an insane self-conceit, into the fury of consciousness to preserve itself from destruction; and it does this by expelling from itself the perversion which it is itself, and by striving to look on it and express it as something else.''
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. Phenomenology of Spirit, section C, "Reason," par. 377, p. 226, Oxford University Press (1977).
  • ''Nothing great has been and nothing great can be accomplished without passion. It is only a dead, too often, indeed, a hypocritical moralizing which inveighs against the form of passion as such.''
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. Philosophy of Mind, part 3: the Encyclopedia, section 1, "Mind Subjective," par. 474, p. 235, Oxford University Press (1971).
  • ''Children are potentially free and their life directly embodies nothing save potential freedom. Consequently they are not things and cannot be the property either of their parents or others.''
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. Philosophy of Right, part 3: "Ethical Life," par. 175, p. 117, Oxford University Press (1952).
  • ''What is rational is actual and what is actual is rational. On this conviction the plain man like the philosopher takes his stand, and from it philosophy starts in its study of the universe of mind as well as the universe of nature.''
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. Philosophy of Right, preface, p. 10, Oxford University Press (1952).
  • ''Whatever happens, every individual is a child of his time; so philosophy too is its own time apprehended in thoughts. It is just as absurd to fancy that a philosophy can transcend its contemporary world as it is to fancy that an individual can overleap his own age, jump over Rhodes.''
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. Philosophy of Right, preface, p. 11, Oxford University Press (1952).
  • ''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).
  • ''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. The Philosophy of History, "Introduction," sct. 3 (1837).
  • ''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).
  • ''Regarding History as the slaughter-bench at which the happiness of peoples, the wisdom of States, and the virtue of individuals have been victimized—the question involuntarily arises—to what principle, to what final aim these enormous sacrifices have been offered.''
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. The Philosophy of History, sect. 3, introduction (1837).

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