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Friedrich Schiller: Sayings and Quotes


Portrait of Friedrich Schiller by Gerhard von Kügelgen

Be noble minded! Our own heart, and not other men's opinions of us, forms our true honor.

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The dignity of man into your hands is given;
Oh, keep it well, with you it sinks or lifts itself to heaven.

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A sublime soul can rise to all kinds of greatness, but by an effort; it can tear itself from all bondage, to all that limits and constrains it, but only by strength of will. Consequently the sublime soul is only free by broken efforts.

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Art is the daughter of freedom.

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If you wish to know yourself observe how others act. If you wish to understand others look into your own heart.

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Friends show me what I can do, foes teach me what I should do.

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It is difficult to discriminate the voice of truth from amid the clamor raised by heated partisans.

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Lose not yourself in a far off time, seize the moment that is thine.

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Mankind is made great or little by its own will.

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Nothing leads to good that is not natural.

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The key to education is the experience of beauty.

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Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult things easily.

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Love guides the stars towards each other, the world plan endures only through love.

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In a narrow circle the mind grows narrow. The more one expands, the larger their aims.

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I follow my heart, for I can trust it.

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Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.

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Physical beauty is the sign of an interior beauty, a spiritual and moral beauty which is the basis, the principle, and the unity of the beautiful.

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Only through Beauty's morning-gate, dost thou penetrate the land of knowledge.

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Every great mind seeks to labor for eternity. All men are captivated by immediate advantages; great minds alone are excited by the prospect of distant good.

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Freedom can occur only through education.

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With stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain.

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A healthy nature needs no God or immortality.

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Art is the right hand of Nature. The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men.

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If you have never seen beauty in a moment of suffering, you have never seen beauty at all. If you have never seen joy in a beautiful face, you have never seen joy at all.

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A beautiful soul has no other merit than its own existence.

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Great souls endure in silence.

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Honesty prospers in every condition of life.

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The mind is the eyesight of the soul.

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Why should I deem myself to be a chisel, when I could be the artist?

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Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told to me in my childhood than in the truth that is taught by life.

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Truth exists for the wise, beauty for the feeling heart.

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To save all we must risk all.

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Culture, far from giving us freedom, only develops, as it advances, new necessities; the fetters of the physical close more tightly around us, so that the fear of loss quenches even the ardent impulse toward improvement, and the maxims of passive obedience are held to be the highest wisdom of life.

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Power is the most persuasive rhetoric.

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It is often wise to reveal that which cannot be concealed for long.

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The will of man is his happiness.

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Worthless is the nation that does not gladly stake its all on its honor.

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On the mountains there is freedom!
The world is perfect everywhere,
Save where man comes with his torment.

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Let him that sows the serpent's teeth not hope to reap a joyous harvest. Every crime has, in the moment of its perpetration, its own avenging angel, – dark misgivings at the inmost heart.

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If you would attain to your highest, go look upon a flower; what the flower does willessly, that do willingly.

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It does not prove a thing to be right because the majority say it is so.

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It is well for a man when he has learned to endure what he cannot change, and to give up with dignity what he cannot retain.

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It is through beauty that we arrive at freedom.


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The mountain cannot frighten one who was born on it.

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What shall he fear that does not fear death.

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Regarded in isolation, an idea may be quite insignificant, and venturesome in the extreme, but it may acquire importance from an idea which follows it; perhaps, in a certain collocation with other ideas, which may seem equally absurd, it may be capable of furnishing a very serviceable link.

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Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish plays.

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It hinders the creative work of the mind if the intellect examines too closely the ideas as they pour in.

Read more about interesting historical figures in the collection "Tradition of Warriors and Sages" by A. R. Basov

 

 

 




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