Quotations From FRANZ GRILLPARZER

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  • 41.
    Critics are reprimanded when they get sarcastic. How absurd! Is the torch of criticism supposed to shine without burning?
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1809).

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  • 42.
    To enlist the support of the people and of parliament, you only have to propose a profitable villainy.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. "Advice to the Prussian Government," Poems (1865).

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  • 43.
    Genius differs from talent not by the amount of original thoughts, but by making the latter fertile and by positioning them properly, in other words, by integrating everything into a whole, whereas talent produces only fragments, no matter how beautiful.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1811-1816).

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  • 44.
    If someone took the finest marble and knew how to shape it artfully: Prometheus' material was lowly clay, but his statues walked.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Poems (1835).
  • 45.
    Even with limited intelligence, knowing oneself is not as difficult as some say, but to act according to what one has realized about oneself in real life is as difficult as practicing anything else, compared to theory.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1811-1816).

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  • 46.
    You say I'm small? I certainly can relate, although it is a matter of perspective. The distance is deceptive, my friend, you stand too low.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Poems (1833).

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  • 47.
    In Germany, a certain artistic sense is fairly common, but the artist's sense is foreign there.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1820).
  • 48.
    This is too much: I am a human being! Only an angel can forget such a blow, and only a devil can compensate enough for it!
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1809).

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  • 49.
    What is done for the children is doubly beneficial, since their success, obvious to everyone, educates the parents as well.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Poems (1858).

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  • 50.
    Few colors last; with their eternal thirst, time and light suck on them, and they bleach the black doctor's hat until it's grey like a dunce's cap.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Poems (1840).

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