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  • An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 206 in Aphorisms from the Athenaeum (1798), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).

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  • Mysteries are feminine; they like to veil themselves but still want to be seen and divined.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 128 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • Just as a child is really a thing that wants to become a man, so is the poem an object of nature that wants to become an object of art.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 21 in Selected Aphorisms from the Lyceum (1797), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).

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  • Only he who possesses a personal religion, an original view of infinity, can be an artist.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 13 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • Religion must completely encircle the spirit of ethical man like his element, and this luminous chaos of divine thoughts and feelings is called enthusiasm.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 18 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).

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  • A classification is a definition comprising a system of definitions.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 113 in Selected Aphorisms from the Athenaeum (1798), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • Ideas are infinite, original, and lively divine thoughts.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 10 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • If you want to see mankind fully, look at a family. Within the family minds become organically one, and for this reason the family is total poetry.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 152 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).

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  • Many works of the ancients have become fragments. Many works of the moderns are fragments at the time of their origin.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 24 in Selected Aphorisms from the Athenaeum (1798), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).

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  • A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 27 in Selected Aphorisms from the Lyceum (1797), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
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