Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel Quotes

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Born: March 1772,
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Died: , January 12, 1829
Occupation: Author

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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

2.
A family can develop only with a loving woman as its center.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

3.
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

4.
A so-called happy marriage corresponds to love as a correct poem to an improvised song.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

5.
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

6.
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

7.
Art and works of art do not make an artist sense and enthusiasm and instinct do.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

8.
Beauty is that which is simultaneously attractive and sublime.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

9.
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

10.
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

11.
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

12.
He who does not become familiar with nature through love will never know her.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

13.
He who has religion will speak poetry. But philosophy is the tool with which to seek and discover religion.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

14.
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

15.
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

16.
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

17.
Man is a creative retrospection of nature upon itself.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

18.
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

19.
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

20.
Novels are the Socratic dialogues of our time. Practical wisdom fled from school wisdom into this liberal form.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

21.
One has only as much morality as one has philosophy and poetry.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

22.
Plato's philosophy is a dignified preface to future religion.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

23.
Religion can emerge in all forms of feeling: here wild anger, there the sweetest pain here consuming hatred, there the childlike smile of serene humility.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

24.
Religion is absolutely unfathomable. Always and everywhere one can dig more deeply into infinities.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

25.
Religion is not only a part of education, an element of humanity, but the center of everything else, always the first and the ultimate, the absolutely original.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

26.
Religion must completely encircle the spirit of ethical man like his element, and this luminous chaos of divine thoughts and feelings is called enthusiasm.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

27.
Set religion free, and a new humanity will begin.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

28.
Strictly speaking, the idea of a scientific poem is probably as nonsensical as that of a poetic science.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

29.
The difference between religion and morality lies simply in the classical division of things into the divine and the human, if one only interprets this correctly.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

30.
The German national character is a favorite subject of character experts, probably because the less mature a nation, the more she is an object of criticism and not of history.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

31.
The poetry of this one is called philosophical, of that one philological, of a third rhetorical, and so on. Which is then the poetic poetry?
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

32.
The subject of history is the gradual realization of all that is practically necessary.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

33.
There is no self-knowledge but an historical one. No one knows what he himself is who does not know his fellow men, especially the most prominent one of the community, the master's master, the genius of the age.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

34.
Versatility of education can be found in our best poetry, but the depth of mankind should be found in the philosopher.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

35.
What is called good society is usually nothing but a mosaic of polished caricatures.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

36.
Where there is politics or economics, there is no morality.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

37.
Wit as an instrument of revenge is as infamous as art is as a means of sensual titillation.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

38.
Wit is the appearance, the external flash of imagination. Thus its divinity, and the witty character of mysticism.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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Women are treated as unjustly in poetry as in life. The feminine ones are not idealistic, and the idealistic not feminine.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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Women do not have as great a need for poetry because their own essence is poetry.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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