Friedrich Schiller

(10 November 1759 – 9 May 1805 / Marbach, Württemberg)

Friedrich Schiller Quotes

  • ''Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.''
    Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German poet and dramatist.
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  • ''The history of the world is the world's court of justice.''
    Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German dramatist, poet, historian. Inaugural lecture, May 26, 1789, as Professor of History at the University of Jena, Weimar, Germany. See also Hegel's comment under "history," rendering a similar idea.
  • ''They would need to be already wise, in order to love wisdom.''
    Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German dramatist, poet, essayist. "Eighth Letter," On the Aesthetic Education of Man (1795).
  • ''The greater part of humanity is too much harassed and fatigued by the struggle with want, to rally itself for a new and sterner struggle with error.''
    Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German dramatist, poet, essayist. "Eighth Letter," On the Aesthetic Education of Man (1795).
  • ''Nothing, it is true, is more common than for both Science and Art to pay homage to the spirit of the age, and for creative taste to accept the law of critical taste.''
    Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German dramatist, poet, essayist. "Eighth Letter," On the Aesthetic Education of Man (1795).
  • ''To save all we must risk all.''
    Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German dramatist, poet, essayist. Fiesco, in Fiesco, act 4, sc. 6.
  • ''Man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man, and he is only completely a man when he plays.''
    Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German dramatist, poet, essayist. "Fifteenth Letter," On the Aesthetic Education of Man (1795).
  • ''The hat is the pride of man; for he who cannot keep his hat on before kings and emperors is no free man.''
    Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German dramatist, poet, historian. Kellermeister, in Piccolomini, act 4, sc. 5, trans. by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
  • ''No doubt the artist is the child of his time; but woe to him if he is also its disciple, or even its favorite.''
    Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German dramatist, poet, essayist. "Ninth Letter," On the Aesthetic Education of Man (1795).
  • ''Utility is the great idol of the age, to which all powers must do service and all talents swear allegiance.''
    Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German dramatist, poet, essayist. "Second Letter," On the Aesthetic Education of Man (1795).

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Best Poem of Friedrich Schiller

The Dance

See how, like lightest waves at play, the airy dancers fleet;
And scarcely feels the floor the wings of those harmonious feet.
Ob, are they flying shadows from their native forms set free?
Or phantoms in the fairy ring that summer moonbeams see?
As, by the gentle zephyr blown, some light mist flees in air,
As skiffs that skim adown the tide, when silver waves are fair,
So sports the docile footstep to the heave of that sweet measure,
As music wafts the form aloft at its melodious pleasure,
Now breaking through the woven chain of the entangled dance,
From where the ...

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Geniality

How does the genius make itself known? In the way that in nature
Shows the Creator himself,--e'en in the infinite whole.
Clear is the ether, and yet of depth that ne'er can be fathomed;
Seen by the eye, it remains evermore closed to the sense.

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