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Franz Grillparzer

(15 January 1791 – 21 January 1872 / Vienna)

Franz Grillparzer
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Franz Seraphicus Grillparzer (15 January 1791 – 21 January 1872) was an Austrian writer who is chiefly known for his dramas. He also wrote the oration for Ludwig van Beethoven's funeral.

Biography
Franz Grillparzer was born in Vienna, Austria. His father, E.J. Grillparzer, was a severe pedant and a staunch upholder of the liberal traditions of the reign of Joseph II, and was an advocate of some standing. His mother, Anna Franziska, was a nervous, highly-strung woman who belonged to the well-known musical family of Sonnleithner. His father destined Grillparzer for the legal profession, and, after a desultory education, Grillparzer entered the University of Vienna in ... more »

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  • ''Human life, old and young, takes place between hope and remembrance. The young man sees all the gates to his desires open, and the old man remembers—his hopes.''
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Album entry, Poems (1841).
  • ''Robespierre, this pedant of freedom!''
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1838).
  • ''They are miserly, the princes of Austria, you need not grieve about it; they may not donate anything, but they allow themselves to be fleeced, the good lords.''
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Poems (1844).
  • ''What raises great poetry above all else—it is the entire person and also the entire world.''
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Also: commemorative sheet for Friedrich von Reden and Wilhelm von Wartenegg. Album entry, Poems (1862)...
  • ''The art of acting presupposes three phases: understanding a part, intuiting a part, and contemplating the essence of a part.''
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1820).
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