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Quotations From FRANZ GRILLPARZER


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  • Jealousy is a grievous passion that jealously seeks what causes grief.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Poems (1830).

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  • Which people desire to lose what they possess? A sick man his fever, a tormented husband his wife, a gambler his debts, and a girl—her virginity.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1808-1810).

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  • Recently, the Germans have developed a tendency to prefer the so-called first (youthful) style of great artists to their mature works. Could it be that they do not realize that their aesthetic criteria, generally speaking, are juvenile?
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1838).
  • Two soldiers and a villain are enough to blow up the rights of the citizens.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Poems (1852).
  • North and West have always vied for power and territory, but their recent competition as to which one is more insidious of the two has been more peaceful.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. "Noble Competition," Poems (1859).

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  • Never expect any recognition here—the system prohibits it. The cross is not affixed to the genius, no, the genius is affixed to the cross.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Poems (1828).
  • "Mankind is getting smarter every day." Actually, it only seems so. "At least we are making progress." We're progressing, to be sure, ever more deeply into the forest.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. "Natural Sciences," Poems (1853).

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  • A tailor can adapt to any medium, be it poetry, be it criticism. As a poet, he can mend, and with the scissors of criticism he can divide.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Poems (1835).

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  • Pity, but never love bestows kind words upon the slave.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Melitta, in Sappho, act 2, sc. 3 (1819).

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  • This searching and doubting and vacillating where nothing is clear but the arrogance of quest. I, too, had such noble ideas when I was still a boy.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. "Philosophical Poems," Poems (1870).
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