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Quotations From FRIEDRICH VON SCHLEGEL


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  • Wit is absolutely sociable spirit or aphoristic genius.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 9 in Selected Aphorisms from the Lyceum (1797), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • Good drama must be drastic.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 42 in Selected Aphorisms from the Athenaeum (1798), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • Just as the Romans were the only nation that was truly a nation, so our age is the first genuine age.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 56 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • Irony is a clear consciousness of an eternal agility, of the infinitely abundant chaos.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 69 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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  • Combine the extremes, and you will have the true center.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 74 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • How many authors are there among writers? Author means originator.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 68 in Selected Aphorisms from the Lyceum (1797), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • A good preface must be the root and the square of the book at the same time.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 8 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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  • Beauty is that which is simultaneously attractive and sublime.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 108 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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  • No idea is isolated, but is only what it is among all ideas.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. From Idea 95 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • 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 Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
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