Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

(1770-1831 / Stuttgart)

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Quotes

  • ''Amid the pressure of great events, a general principle gives no help.''
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. The Philosophy of History, "Introduction," sct. 2 (1837).
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  • ''But what experience and history teach is this—that peoples and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.''
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. The Philosophy of History, introduction (1837).
  • ''It is a matter of perfect indifference where a thing originated; the only question is: "Is it true in and for itself?"''
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. The Philosophy of History, pt. 3, sct. 3, ch. 2 (1837).
  • ''History ... is, indeed, little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
    But what experience and history teach is this—that peoples and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.''
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. The Philosophy of History, introduction (1807).
  • ''The Few assume to be the deputies, but they are often only the despoilers of the Many.''
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. The Philosophy of History, pt. 4, sct. 3, ch. 3 (1837).
  • ''The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom.''
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. The Philosophy of History, "Introduction," sct. 3 (1837).
  • ''The History of the world is not the theatre of happiness. Periods of happiness are blank pages in it, for they are periods of harmony—periods when the antithesis is in abeyance.''
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. The Philosophy of History, sect. 3, introduction (1837).
  • ''America is, therefore the land of the future, where, in the ages that lie before us, the burden of the World's history shall reveal itself. It is a land of desire for all those who are weary of the historical lumber-room of Old Europe.''
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. The Philosophy of History, introduction (1832).
  • ''To him who looks upon the world rationally, the world in its turn presents a rational aspect. The relation is mutual.''
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. The Philosophy of History, "Introduction," sct. 3 (1837).
  • ''It is a matter of perfect indifference where a thing originated; the only question is: "Is it true in and for itself?"''
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. The Philosophy of History, pt. 3, sct. 3, ch. 2 (1837).

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