Quotes by Friedrich Schlegel

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Karl Wilhelm Friedrich von Schlegel (March 10, 1772 - January 11, 1829), German poet, critic and scholar, was the younger brother of August Wilhelm von Schlegel. more

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What is called good society is usually nothing but a mosaic of polished caricatures.
Irony is the form of paradox. Paradox is what is good and great at the same time.
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.
It is peculiar to mankind to transcend mankind.
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.
In actual life every great enterprise begins with and takes its first forward step in faith.
Every uneducated person is a caricature of himself.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog.
Virtue is reason which has become energy.

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