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

— Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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Irony is a clear consciousness of an eternal agility, of the infinitely abundant chaos.


Aphorisms are the true form of the universal philosophy.


Versatility of education can be found in our best poetry, but the depth of mankind should be found in the philosopher.


Nothing truly convincing - which would possess thoroughness, vigor, and skill - has been written against the ancients as yet; especially not against their poetry.


Strictly speaking, the idea of a scientific poem is probably as nonsensical as that of a poetic science.


Wit as an instrument of revenge is as infamous as art is as a means of sensual titillation.


Every uneducated person is a caricature of himself.


When reason and unreason come into contact, an electrical shock occurs. This is called polemics.


A priest is he who lives solely in the realm of the invisible, for whom all that is visible has only the truth of an allegory.


A family can develop only with a loving woman as its center.


The life of the artist should be distinguished from that of all other people, even in external habits. They are Brahmins, a higher caste, not ennobled by birth, however, but through deliberate self-initiation.


Publication is to thinking as childbirth is to the first kiss.


About Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Quotes 184 sayings
Nationality German
Profession Poet
Birthday October 16

Man is free whenever he produces or manifests God, and through this he becomes immortal.


All men are somewhat ridiculous and grotesque, just because they are men;

and in this respect artists might well be regarded as man multiplied by two. So it is, was, and shall be.


An artist is he for whom the goal and center of life is to form his mind.


Women do not have as great a need for poetry because their own essence is poetry.


Combine the extremes, and you will have the true center.


Man is a creative retrospection of nature upon itself.


Eternal life and the invisible world are only to be sought in God.

Only within Him do all spirits dwell. He is an abyss of individuality, the only infinite plenitude.


Nothing is more witty and grotesque than ancient mythology and Christianity;

that is because they are so mystical.


Mysteries are feminine; they like to veil themselves but still want to be seen and divined.


Beauty is that which is simultaneously attractive and sublime.


Gracefulness is a correct life: sensuality which contemplates and forms itself.


Religion is absolutely unfathomable. Always and everywhere one can dig more deeply into infinities.


Wit is an explosion of the compound spirit.


As the ancient commander addressed his soldiers before battle, so should the moralist speak to men in the struggle of the era.


One of two things is usually lacking in the so-called Philosophy of Art: either philosophy or art.


What is lost in the good or excellent translation is precisely the best.


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


A classification is a definition comprising a system of definitions.


Art and works of art do not make an artist; sense and enthusiasm and instinct do.


No idea is isolated, but is only what it is among all ideas.


Religion can emerge in all forms of feeling: here wild anger, there the sweetest pain; here consuming hatred, there the childlike smile of serene humility.


Religion must completely encircle the spirit of ethical man like his element, and this luminous chaos of divine thoughts and feelings is called enthusiasm.


God the father, and even more often the devil himself, appears at times in the place of fate in the modern tragedy. Why is it thatthis has not induced any scholar to develop a theory of the diabolical genre?


Duty is for Kant the One and All. Out of the duty of gratitude, he claims, one has to defend and esteem the ancients; and only out of duty has he become a great man.


Since philosophy now criticizes everything it comes across, a critique of philosophy would be nothing less than a just reprisal.


The surest method of being incomprehensible or, moreover, to be misunderstood is to use words in their original sense; especially words from the ancient languages.


Wit is the appearance, the external flash, of fantasy.

Hence its divinity and the similarity to the wit of mysticism.


The difference between religion and morality lies simply in the classical division of things into the divine and the human, if one only interprets this correctly.


Many a witty inspiration is like the surprising reunion of befriended thoughts after a long separation.


The German national character is a favorite subject of character experts, probably because the less mature a nation, the more she is an object of criticism and not of history.


There is no self-knowledge but an historical one.

No one knows what he himself is who does not know his fellow men, especially the most prominent one of the community, the master's master, the genius of the age.


There are writers in Germany who drink the Absolute like water;

and there are books in which even the dogs make references to the Infinite.


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


Considered subjectively, philosophy always begins in the middle, like an epic poem.


Every good man progressively becomes God.

To become God, to be man, and to educate oneself, are expressions that are synonymous.


All artists are self-sacrificing human beings, and to become an artist is nothing but to devote oneself to the subterranean gods.


Reason is mechanical, wit chemical, and genius organic spirit.

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