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Georg Hegel Quotes

(1770-1831), German Philosopher

America is, therefore the land of the future, where, in the ages that lie before us, the burden of the World's history shall reveal itself. It is a land of desire for all those who are weary of the historical lumber-room of Old Europe.

Category: America

Animals are in possession of themselves; their soul is in possession of their body. But they have no right to their life, because they do not will it.

Category: Animals

The true courage of civilized nations is readiness for sacrifice in the service of the state, so that the individual counts as only one amongst many. The important thing here is not personal mettle but aligning oneself with the universal.

Category: Citizenship

The Few assume to be the deputies, but they are often only the despoilers of the Many.

Category: Congress

In history an additional result is commonly produced by human actions beyond that which they aim at and obtain -- that which they immediately recognize and desire. They gratify their own interest; but something further is thereby accomplished, latent in the actions in question, though not present to their consciousness, and not included in their design.

Category: Consequences

Education is the art of making man ethical.

Category: Education

We do not need to be shoemakers to know if our shoes fit, and just as little have we any need to be professionals to acquire knowledge of matters of universal interest.

Category: Experts

It is easier to discover a deficiency in individuals, in states, and in Providence, than to see their real import and value.

Category: Faults

The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom.

Category: Freedom

The East knew and to the present day knows only that One is Free; the Greek and the Roman world, that some are free; the German World knows that All are free. The first political form therefore which we observe in History, is Despotism, the second Democracy and Aristocracy, the third, Monarchy.

Category: Freedom

An idea is always a generalization, and generalization is a property of thinking. To generalize means to think.

Category: Generalizations

Mere goodness can achieve little against the power of nature.

Category: Goodness

Once the state has been founded, there can no longer be any heroes. They come on the scene only in uncivilized conditions.

Category: Heroes And Heroism

No man is a hero to his valet. This is not because the hero is no hero, but because the valet is a valet.

Category: Heroes And Heroism

When liberty is mentioned, we must always be careful to observe whether it is not really the assertion of private interests which is thereby designated.

Category: Liberty