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Friedrich von Schlegel

(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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  • ''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...
  • ''Witty inspirations are the proverbs of the educated.''
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 29 in Selected Aphorisms from the Athenaeum (1798), translated by Ernst Behler and Ro...
  • ''Virtue is reason which has become energy.''
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 23 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on...
  • ''Gracefulness is a correct life: sensuality which contemplates and forms itself.''
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 29 in Selected Aphorisms from the Lyceum (1797), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman...
  • ''When reason and unreason come into contact, an electrical shock occurs. This is called polemics.''
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 300 in Selected Aphorisms from the Athenaeum (1798), translated by Ernst Behler and R...
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