I look around me and nowhere do I see a stamp of disapproval with which nature marked a woman's candid brow.— Franz Grillparzer
The most courageous Franz Grillparzer quotes that will transform you to a better person
Genius unrefined resembles a flash of lightning, but wisdom is like the sun.
History is the zoology of the human race.
I love the pride whose measure is its own eminence and not the insignificance of someone else.
The way in which modern German poetry follows theories reminds me of pupils who, scolded by their teacher for their insubordination, justify themselves by saying that they invented new rules of propriety according to which they are quite well- behaved.
Someone who is reluctant to say what he needs to say, often ends up doing so with an insolence whose crassness is proportionate tohis fear, once he gathers the necessary courage.
The cradle of the future is the grave of the past.
Once you have looked at the land from atop the Kahlenberg, you will understand what I write and who I am.
A woman's passion is not the measure of a man's love.
To test a modest man's modesty do not investigate if he ignores applause, find out if he abides criticism.
To declaim freedom verses seems like a poem within a poem;
freedom requires guns, it requires arms, but no feet.
No shortcomings of other people cause us to be more intolerant than those which are caricatures of our own.
Without a notion of the transcendental, human beings would, indeed, be animals;
however, only fools can be convinced of it, and only degenerates need such a conviction.
Love wants to be confirmed with concrete symbols, but recklessness loves instability.
In order to succeed in a profession, a person not only needs to have its good, but also its bad qualities. The former are the spirit, the latter is the body of the job.
Plato calls complacency the companion of loneliness.
Isn't it awful that cold feet make for a cold imagination and that a pair of woollen socks induce good thoughts!
Mankind is getting smarter every day.
Actually, it only seems so. At least we are making progress. We're progressing, to be sure, ever more deeply into the forest.
Boundless in your charity, but shrewd and cautious as a lender, you delight all those today whom you made beggars the day before.
This searching and doubting and vacillating where nothing is clear but the arrogance of quest. I, too, had such noble ideas when I was still a boy.
As youth lives in the future, so the adult lives in the past: No one rightly knows how to live in the present.
The main reason why men and women make different aesthetic judgments is the fact that the latter, generally incapable of abstraction, only admire what meets their complete approval.
Just as the queen bee, the highest-ranking, peerless creature of her hive, is surrounded by lowly drones to please her, whereas the workers produce honey, the same way is the one who sits on the throne an equal only to himself, and no one's companion.
A heart that overflows may seek out merrymaking and boisterous festivities to quietly rejoice, unnoticed amidst the reveling crowds.
Ideas are not thoughts; the thought respects the boundaries that the idea ignores thereby failing to realize itself.
The ideas of an age are most abundant where they are not crowded by original ideas.
Those who want to row on the ocean of human knowledge do not get far, and the storm drives those out of their course who set sail.
Science and art, or by the same token, poetry and prose differ from one another like a journey and an excursion. The purpose of the journey is its goal, the purpose of an excursion is the process.
The military and the clergy cause us much annoyance;
the clergy and the military, they empty our wallets and rob our intelligence.
Why does the past look so enticing to us? For the same reason why from a distance a meadow with flowers looks like a flower bed.
I am a woman, and even if I could proceed with harshness and rigidity, it would disgust me nonetheless.
If we notice a few errors in the work of a proven master, we may and even will often be correct; if we believe, however, that he is completely and utterly mistaken, we are in danger of missing his entire concept.
Captivating the spirit of the age is a matter of great talent;
being swept away by it characterizes an average mind. The two are as different from one another as activity and passivity.
Prose talks and poetry sings.
Do old people always live in the past? What yesterday was firm and true, may not be so today.
A wise man can and should stand above his times, not so the poet, but he should be their apex.
Even with limited intelligence, knowing oneself is not as difficult as some say, but to act according to what one has realized about oneself in real life is as difficult as practicing anything else, compared to theory.
What's the meaning of all the pious clamor, condemning cocks and hens? Those who have no teeth are the greatest meat-haters.
Beauty satisfies the senses completely and at the same time uplifts the soul.
That which gratifies the senses is pleasant, and that which uplifts the soul without being sensual in the least is good, true, right, anything you like, but not beautiful.
Christianity is the religion of melancholy and hypochondria.
Islam, on the other hand, promotes apathy, and Judaism instills its adherents with a certain choleric vehemence, the heathen Greeks may well be called happy optimists.
Is it true that one travels in order to know mankind? It is easier to get to know other people at home, but abroad one gets to know oneself.
No matter which word it is, when I pronounce repeatedly, it ends up sounding utterly ridiculous and meaningless to me.
A tailor can adapt to any medium, be it poetry, be it criticism.
As a poet, he can mend, and with the scissors of criticism he candivide.
The course of modern learning leads from humanism via nationalism to bestiality.
Oh that wisdom was half as zealous for converts as ridicule.
Progress will always have as its recourse to exaggerate what it cannot surpass.
A person who looks different all the time frightens me. Only one animal changes its skin: the snake.
A cure by regression is homeopathic, like healing the damage done by ministers and ignorance with stupidity and Jesuits.
Let no one say that taking action is hard.
Action is aided by courage, by the moment, by impulse, and the hardest thing in the world is making a decision.
Never expect any recognition here--the system prohibits it.
The cross is not affixed to the genius, no, the genius is affixed to the cross.