Quotations by Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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Born: Sunday, December 31, 1899
Died: Monday, January 12, 1829 (70 years old)


A classical work doesn't ever have to be understood entirely. But those who are educated and who are still educating themselves must desire to learn more and more from it.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Work, Desire)

A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

A definition of poetry can only determine what poetry should be and not what poetry actually was and is; otherwise the most concise formula would be: Poetry is that which at some time and some place was thus named.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Poetry, Time, Formula)

A family can develop only with a loving woman as its center.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Family, Woman)

A priest is he who lives solely in the realm of the invisible, for whom all that is visible has only the truth of an allegory.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Truth)

A so-called happy marriage corresponds to love as a correct poem to an improvised song.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Love, Marriage, Song)

About no subject is there less philosophizing than about philosophy.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Philosophy)

All men are somewhat ridiculous and grotesque, just because they are men; and in this respect artists might well be regarded as man multiplied by two. So it is, was, and shall be.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Men, Artists, Man, Respect)

All the classical genres are now ridiculous in their rigorous purity.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Now, Purity)

An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Art, Work, World)

An artist is he for whom the goal and center of life is to form his mind.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Life, Goal, Artist, Mind)

Aphorisms are the true form of the universal philosophy.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Aphorisms, Philosophy)

Art and works of art do not make an artist; sense and enthusiasm and instinct do.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Art, Enthusiasm, Artist, Instinct, Sense)

As the ancient commander addressed his soldiers before battle, so should the moralist speak to men in the struggle of the era.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Men, Battle, Soldiers, Struggle)

Beauty is that which is simultaneously attractive and sublime.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Beauty)

Combine the extremes, and you will have the true center.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Extremes, Will)

Considered subjectively, philosophy always begins in the middle, like an epic poem.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Philosophy)

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.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Gratitude, Duty, Man)

Eternal life and the invisible world are only to be sought in God. Only within Him do all spirits dwell. He is an abyss of individuality, the only infinite plenitude.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Life, God, Individuality, Infinite, Spirits, World)

Every complete man has his genius. True virtue is genius.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Genius, Virtue, Man)

Every good man progressively becomes God. To become God, to be man, and to educate oneself, are expressions that are synonymous.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: God, Man)

Every uneducated person is a caricature of himself.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Form your life humanly, and you have done enough: but you will never reach the height of art and the depth of science without something divine.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Art, Life, Science, Will)

From what the moderns want, we must learn what poetry should become; from what the ancients did, what poetry must be.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Poetry, Want)

God is each truly and exalted thing, therefore the individual himself to the highest degree. But are not nature and the world individuals?
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Nature, God, World)

He who does not become familiar with nature through love will never know her.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Love, Nature, Will)

He who has religion will speak poetry. But philosophy is the tool with which to seek and discover religion.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Religion, Poetry, Philosophy, Will)

How many authors are there among writers? Author means originator.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Writers)

Ideas are infinite, original, and lively divine thoughts.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Ideas, Thoughts, Infinite)

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.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Family, Poetry, Mankind, Reason, Want)

In the world of language, or in other words in the world of art and liberal education, religion necessarily appears as mythology or as Bible.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Art, Religion, Education, Bible, Language, Liberal, Mythology, Words, World)

In true prose everything must be underlined.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Prose)

Irony is a clear consciousness of an eternal agility, of the infinitely abundant chaos.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Chaos, Consciousness, Irony)

Irony is the form of paradox. Paradox is what is good and great at the same time.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Time, Irony, Paradox)

It is as deadly for a mind to have a system as to have none. Therefore it will have to decide to combine both.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Mind, Will)

It is peculiar to mankind to transcend mankind.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Mankind)

Kant introduced the concept of the negative into philosophy. Would it not also be worthwhile to try to introduce the concept of the positive into philosophy?
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Negative, Positive, Philosophy)

Like Leibniz's possible worlds, most men are only equally entitled pretenders to existence. There are few existences.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Men, Existence)

Man is a creative retrospection of nature upon itself.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Nature, Man)

Man is free whenever he produces or manifests God, and through this he becomes immortal.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: God, Man)

Many a witty inspiration is like the surprising reunion of befriended thoughts after a long separation.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Inspiration, Thoughts, Separation, Witty)

Many works of the ancients have become fragments. Many works of the moderns are fragments at the time of their origin.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Time)

Mathematics is, as it were, a sensuous logic, and relates to philosophy as do the arts, music, and plastic art to poetry.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Art, Poetry, Music, Logic, Mathematics, Philosophy)

Morality without a sense of paradox is mean.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Morality, Paradox, Sense)

Mysteries are feminine; they like to veil themselves but still want to be seen and divined.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Want)

No idea is isolated, but is only what it is among all ideas.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Idea, Ideas)

Nothing is more witty and grotesque than ancient mythology and Christianity; that is because they are so mystical.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Christianity, Mythology, Nothing, Witty)

Nothing truly convincing - which would possess thoroughness, vigor, and skill - has been written against the ancients as yet; especially not against their poetry.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Poetry, Nothing, Skill)

Novels are the Socratic dialogues of our time. Practical wisdom fled from school wisdom into this liberal form.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Wisdom, Time, Liberal, School)

Novels tend to end as the Paternoster begins: with the kingdom of God on earth.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: God, Earth, End)



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