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

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

A family can develop only with a loving woman as its center.
- 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

From what the moderns want, we must learn what poetry should become;
from what the ancients did,
what poetry must be.
- 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

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

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

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Wit is an explosion of the compound spirit.
- 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

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

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

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

Virtue is reason which has become energy.
- 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

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

Art and works of art do not make an artist;
sense and enthusiasm and instinct do.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Religion can emerge in all forms of feeling:
here wild anger,
there the sweetest pain; here consuming hatred,
there the childlike smile of serene humility.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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

Publication is to thinking as childbirth is to the first kiss.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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

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

Set religion free, and a new humanity will begin.
- 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

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

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

No idea is isolated, but is only what it is among all ideas.
- 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

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

One has only as much morality as one has philosophy and poetry.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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

Wit as an instrument of revenge is as infamous as art
is as a means of sensual titillation.
- 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

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

About no subject is there less philosophizing than about philosophy.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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

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

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

Man is free whenever he produces or manifests God,
and through this he becomes immortal.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

In true prose everything must be underlined.
- 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

The subject of history is the gradual realization of
all that is practically necessary.
- 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

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

Considered subjectively, philosophy always begins in the middle,
like an epic poem.
- 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

Combine the extremes, and you will have the true center.
- 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

Morality without a sense of paradox is mean.
- 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

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

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

It is peculiar to mankind to transcend mankind.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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

What is called good society is usually nothing but
a mosaic of polished caricatures.
- 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

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


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