We learn from history that we do not learn from history

— Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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Truth is found neither in the thesis nor the antithesis, but in an emergent synthesis which reconciles the two.


Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong.

They are conflicts between two rights.


It is solely by risking life that freedom is obtained;

. . . the individual who has not staked his or her life may, no doubt, be recognized as a Person; but he or she has not attained the truth of this recognition as an independent self-consciousness.


Every idea, extended into infinity, becomes its own opposite.


The History of the world is not the theatre of happiness.

Periods of happiness are blank pages in it, for they are periods of harmony--periods when the antithesis is in abeyance.


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


War is progress, peace is stagnation.


The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk.


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.


Reading the morning newspaper is the realist's morning prayer.


The valor that struggles is better than the weakness that endures.


Philosophy is by its nature something esoteric, neither made for the mob nor capable of being prepared for the mob.


About Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Quotes 129 sayings
Nationality German
Profession Philosopher
Birthday October 16

We learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.


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.


What the English call "comfortable" is something endless and inexhaustible.

Every condition of comfort reveals in turn its discomfort, and these discoveries go on for ever. Hence the new want is not so much a want of those who have it directly, but is created by those who hope to make profit from it.


Genuine tragedy is a case not of right against wrong but of right against right - two equally justified ethical principles embodied in people of unchangeable will.


Only one man ever understood me, and he didn't understand me


Not curiosity, not vanity, not the consideration of expediency, not duty and conscientiousness, but an unquenchable, unhappy thirst that brooks no compromise leads us to truth.


To make abstractions hold in reality is to destroy reality.


Freedom is the fundamental character of the will, as weight is of matter.

.. That which is free is the will. Will without freedom is an empty word.


Regarding History as the slaughter-bench at which the happiness of peoples, the wisdom of States, and the virtue of individuals have been victimized--the question involuntarily arises--to what principle, to what final aim these enormous sacrifices have been offered.


Whatever is reasonable is true, and whatever is true is reasonable


History is not the soil of happiness. The periods of happiness are blank pages in it.


People who are too fastidious towards the finite never reach actuality, but linger in abstraction, and their light dies away.


It is because the method of physics does not satisfy the comprehension that we have to go on further.


Destiny is consciousness of oneself, but consciousness of oneself as an enemy.


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


Poetry is the universal art of the spirit which has become free in itself and which is not tied down for its realization to external sensuous material; instead, it launches out exclusively in the inner space and the inner time of ideas and feelings.


The proofs of the existence of God are to such an extent fallen into discredit that they pass for something antiquated, belonging to days gone by.


Philosophy is the history of philosophy.


What is rational is actual and what is actual is rational


Governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deducted from it.


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.


God is, as it were, the sewer into which all contradictions flow.


Since philosophy is the exploration of the rational, it is for that very reason the apprehension of the present and the actual, not the erection of a beyond, supposed to exist, God knows where, or rather which exists, and we can perfectly well say where, namely in the error of a one-sided, empty, ratiocination.


In the case of various kinds of knowledge, we find that what in former days occupied the energies of men of mature mental ability sinks to the level of information, exercises, and even pastimes for children; and in this educational progress we can see the history of the world's culture delineated in faint outline.


Before the end of Time will be the end of History. Before the end of History will be the end of Art.


To be independent of public opinion is the first formal condition of achieving anything great or rational whether in life or in science. Great achievement is assured, however, of subsequent recognition and grateful acceptance by public opinion, which in due course will make it one of its own prejudices


Poverty in itself does not make men into a rabble;

a rabble is created only when there is joined to poverty a disposition of mind, an inner indignation against the rich, against society, against the government.


The nature of finite things is to have the seed of their passing-away as their essential being: the hour of their birth is the hour of their death.


No man is a hero to his valet de chamber


...if the fear of falling into error is the source of a mistrust in Science, which in the absence of any such misgivings gets on with the work itself and actually does know, it is difficult to see why, conversely, a mistrust should not be placed in this mistrust, and why we should not be concerned that this fear of erring is itself the very error.


Consequently, the sensuous aspect of art is related only to the two theoretical sensesof sight and hearing, while smell, taste, and touch remain excluded.


When individuals and nations have once got in their heads the abstract concept of full-blown liberty, there is nothing like it in its uncontrollable strength.


The State is the absolute reality and the individual himself has objective existence, truth and morality only in his capacity as a member of the State.


The sublime in art is the attempt to express the infinite without finding in the realm of phenomena any object which proves itself fitting for this representation.


The sole work and deed of universal freedom is therefore death, a death too which has no inner significance or filling, for what is negated is the empty point of the absolutely free self. It is thus the coldest and meanest of all deaths, with no more significance than cutting off a head of cabbage or swallowing a mouthful of water.


It is a matter of perfect indifference where a thing originated;

the only question is: Is it true in and for itself?


Education to independence demands that young people should be accustomed early to consult their own sense of propriety and their own reason. To regard study as mere receptivity and memory work is to have a most incomplete view of what instruction means.