Quotations From FRIEDRICH VON SCHLEGEL

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  • 71.
    Duty is for Kant the One and All. Out of the duty of gratitude, he claims, one has to defend and esteem the ancients; and only out of duty has he become a great man.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 10 in Selected Aphorisms from the Athenaeum (1798), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • 72.
    Where there is politics or economics, there is no morality.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 101 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • 73.
    In every good poem everything must be both deliberate and instinctive. That is how the poem becomes ideal.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 23 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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  • 74.
    Wit is an explosion of the compound spirit.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 90 in Selected Aphorisms from the Lyceum (1797), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • 75.
    The subject of history is the gradual realization of all that is practically necessary.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 90 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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  • 76.
    Nothing is more piquant than when a man of genius possesses mannerisms; not so when they possess him -- this leads to spiritual petrification.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 88 in Selected Aphorisms from the Lyceum (1797), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • 77.
    From what the moderns want, we must learn what poetry should become; from what the ancients did, what poetry must be.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 84 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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  • 78.
    The historian is a prophet looking backward.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 80 in Selected Aphorisms from the Athenaeum (1798), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
  • 79.
    Considered subjectively, philosophy always begins in the middle, like an epic poem.
    Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 84 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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