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God is each truly and exalted thing,
by Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

God is each truly and exalted thing,
therefore the individual himself to the highest degree.
But are not nature and the world individuals?
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

A family can develop only with a loving woman as its center.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Every uneducated person is a caricature of himself.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

The surest method of being incomprehensible or,
moreover, to be misunderstood is to use words in their original sense;
especially words from the ancient languages.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

 

No idea is isolated, but is only what it is among all ideas.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Nothing is more witty and grotesque than ancient mythology and Christianity;
that is because they are so mystical.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

The difference between religion and morality lies simply
in the classical division of things into the divine and the human,
if one only interprets this correctly.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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What is called good society is usually nothing but
a mosaic of polished caricatures.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Like Leibniz's possible worlds, most men are only equally
entitled pretenders to existence.
There are few existences.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

In true prose everything must be underlined.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

An artist is he for whom the goal and center of life is to form his mind.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Every complete man has his genius.
True virtue is genius.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Where there is politics or economics,
there is no morality.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Virtue is reason which has become energy.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Kant introduced the concept of the negative into philosophy.
Would it not also be worthwhile to try to introduce
the concept of the positive into philosophy?
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

A critic is a reader who ruminates.
Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Wit is the appearance, the external flash of imagination.
Thus its divinity, and the witty character of mysticism.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Think of something finite molded into the infinite,
and you think of man.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Set religion free, and a new humanity will begin.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Novels tend to end as the Paternoster begins:
with the kingdom of God on earth.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

The historian is a prophet looking backward.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Duty is for Kant the One and All.
Out of the duty of gratitude, he claims,
one has to defend and esteem the ancients;
and only out of duty has he become a great man.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Mysteries are feminine; they like to veil themselves
but still want to be seen and divined.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

The genuine priest always feels something higher than compassion.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Ideas are infinite, original, and lively divine thoughts.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

What is lost in the good or excellent translation is precisely the best.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

How many authors are there among writers? Author means originator.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Considered subjectively, philosophy always begins in the middle,
like an epic poem.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Combine the extremes, and you will have the true center.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Reason is mechanical, wit chemical, and genius organic spirit.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Aphorisms are the true form of the universal philosophy.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

If you want to see mankind fully, look at a family.
Within the family minds become organically one,
and for this reason the family is total poetry.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

What men are among the other formations of the earth,
artists are among men.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

When reason and unreason come into contact,
an electrical shock occurs.
This is called polemics.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Every good man progressively becomes God.
To become God, to be man, and to educate oneself,
are expressions that are synonymous.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Witty inspirations are the proverbs of the educated.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

The essential point of view of Christianity is sin.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the
surrounding world like a little work of art and complete
in itself like a hedgehog.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Religion is not only a part of education,
an element of humanity, but the center of everything else,
always the first and the ultimate, the absolutely original.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

In the world of language, or in other words in the
world of art and liberal education,
religion necessarily appears as mythology or as Bible.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Religion must completely encircle the spirit of ethical man like his element,
and this luminous chaos of divine thoughts and feelings is called enthusiasm.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Man is a creative retrospection of nature upon itself.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Whoever does not philosophize for the sake of philosophy,
but rather uses philosophy as a means,
is a sophist.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

A so-called happy marriage corresponds to love as a
correct poem to an improvised song.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Religion is absolutely unfathomable.
Always and everywhere one can dig more deeply into infinities.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Plato's philosophy is a dignified preface to future religion.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

As the ancient commander addressed his soldiers before battle,
so should the moralist speak to men in the struggle of the era.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Form your life humanly, and you have done enough:
but you will never reach the height of art and the
depth of science without something divine.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

The main thing is to know something and to say it.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

All the classical genres are now ridiculous in their rigorous purity.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Morality without a sense of paradox is mean.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Many works of the ancients have become fragments.
Many works of the moderns are fragments at the time of their origin.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Women are treated as unjustly in poetry as in life.
The feminine ones are not idealistic,
and the idealistic not feminine.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

The poetry of this one is called philosophical,
of that one philological, of a third rhetorical,
and so on.
Which is then the poetic poetry?
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

It is as deadly for a mind to have a system as to have none.
Therefore it will have to decide to combine both.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Versatility of education can be found in our best poetry,
but the depth of mankind should be found in the philosopher.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Novels are the Socratic dialogues of our time.
Practical wisdom fled from school wisdom into this liberal form.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Strictly speaking, the idea of a scientific poem is
probably as nonsensical as that of a poetic science.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Beauty is that which is simultaneously attractive and sublime.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Many a witty inspiration is like the surprising reunion
of befriended thoughts after a long separation.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

One can only become a philosopher, but not be one.
As one believes he is a philosopher,
he stops being one.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Nothing truly convincing - which would possess thoroughness,
vigor, and skill - has been written against the ancients as yet;
especially not against their poetry.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

He who does not become familiar with nature through
love will never know her.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Wit is an explosion of the compound spirit.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Mathematics is, as it were, a sensuous logic,
and relates to philosophy as do the arts,
music, and plastic art to poetry.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Women do not have as great a need for poetry because
their own essence is poetry.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

He who has religion will speak poetry.
But philosophy is the tool with which to seek and discover religion.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Irony is the form of paradox.
Paradox is what is good and great at the same time.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Irony is a clear consciousness of an eternal agility,
of the infinitely abundant chaos.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

There are writers in Germany who drink the Absolute like water;
and there are books in which even the dogs make references to the Infinite.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel


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