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Friedrich Schlegel Quotes

(1772-1829), German Philosopher, Critic, Writer

An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog.

Category: Aphorisms And Epigrams

A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.

Category: Critics And Criticism

Every uneducated person is a caricature of himself.

Category: Education

In actual life every great enterprise begins with and takes its first forward step in faith.

Category: Faith

Genius is, to be sure, not a matter of arbitrariness, but rather of freedom, just as wit, love, and faith, which once shall become arts and disciplines. We should demand genius from everybody, without, however, expecting it.

Category: Genius

It is peculiar to mankind to transcend mankind.

Category: Humankind

Prudishness is pretense of innocence without innocence. Women have to remain prudish as long as men are sentimental, dense, and evil enough to demand of them eternal innocence and lack of education. For innocence is the only thing which can ennoble lack of education.

Category: Innocence

Irony is the form of paradox. Paradox is what is good and great at the same time.

Category: Irony

What is called good society is usually nothing but a mosaic of polished caricatures.

Category: Society

Good drama must be drastic.

Category: Theater

Virtue is reason which has become energy.

Category: Virtue