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(10 March 1772 – 12 January 1829 / Hanover)

Friedrich von Schlegel
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Karl Wilhelm Friedrich (later: von) Schlegel was a German poet, critic and scholar. He was the younger brother of August Wilhelm Schlegel.

Life and Work

Schlegel was born at Hanover. He studied law at Göttingen and Leipzig, but ultimately devoted himself entirely to literary studies. He published in 1797 Die Griechen und Römer (The Greeks and Romans), which was followed by Geschichte der Poesie der Griechen und Römer (The History of the Poetry of the Greeks and Romans) (1798). At Jena, where he lectured as a Privatdozent at the university, he co-founded the Athenaeum, contributing to that journal the aphorisms and essays in which the principles of the Romantic ... more »

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  • ''Sense (for a particular art, science, human being, and so forth) is divided spirit; self-restraint is consequently the result of self-creation and self-destruction.''
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 28 in Selected Aphorisms from the Lyceum (1797), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman...
  • ''It is peculiar to mankind to transcend mankind.''
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 21 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on...
  • ''With respect to ingenious subconsciousness, I think, philosophers might well rival poets.''
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 299 in Selected Aphorisms from the Athenaeum (1798), translated by Ernst Behler and R...
  • What do the few existing mystics still do? -- They more or less mold the raw chaos of already existing religion. But only in an isolated, insignificant manner, through feeble attempts. Do it in a gran...
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 22 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on...
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