Quotations From FRANZ GRILLPARZER

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  • 91.
    Gratitude is a fickle thing, indeed. A person taking aim presses the weapon to his chest and cheek, but when he hits, he discards it with indifference.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Primislaus, in Libussa, act 2 (1872).
  • 92.
    Today is, after all, today, but yesterday is of the same substance as tomorrow.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Primislaus, in Libussa, act 3 (1872).

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  • 93.
    Praised be the good willing women who understand and take part in the fun—the body is an exacting beater, and even the heart is made of flesh.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. "Confessions of a Vagabond," Poems (1844).

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  • 94.
    Art compares to nature like wine to the grape.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1839).

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  • 95.
    The ramparts of Vienna are crumbling into the sand; no one wants to live so confined, however, the entire country is already surrounded by a Chinese wall!
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. "City Expansion," Poems (1857).
  • 96.
    The noble woman is half a man, even a complete one. Only their imperfections make them women.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Poems (1855).

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  • 97.
    Genius resembles a bell; in order to ring it must be suspended into pure air, and when a foreign body touches it, its joyful tone is silenced.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1809).
  • 98.
    Nothing genuinely historical was ever lost in this country. For this reason we have two ruling parties: villains and fools.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Poems (1839).

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  • 99.
    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).

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  • 100.
    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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