Man is a creative retrospection of nature upon itself.
He who does not become familiar with nature through love will never know her.
God is each truly and exalted thing, therefore the individual himself to the highest degree. But are not nature and the world individuals?
Religion is not only a part of education, an element of humanity, but the center of everything else, always the first and the ultimate, the absolutely original.
Nothing truly convincing - which would possess thoroughness, vigor, and skill - has been written against the ancients as yet especially not against their poetry.
One has only as much morality as one has philosophy and poetry.
From what the moderns want, we must learn what poetry should become from what the ancients did, what poetry must be.
Versatility of education can be found in our best poetry, but the depth of mankind should be found in the philosopher.
Kant introduced the concept of the negative into philosophy. Would it not also be worthwhile to try to introduce the concept of the positive into philosophy?
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.
Religion must completely encircle the spirit of ethical man like his element, and this luminous chaos of divine thoughts and feelings is called enthusiasm.
Wit as an instrument of revenge is as infamous as art is as a means of sensual titillation.
Where there is politics or economics, there is no morality.
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.
Form your life humanly, and you have done enough: but you will never reach the height of art and the depth of science without something divine.
Wit is the appearance, the external flash of imagination. Thus its divinity, and the witty character of mysticism.
Women are treated as unjustly in poetry as in life. The feminine ones are not idealistic, and the idealistic not feminine.
A so-called happy marriage corresponds to love as a correct poem to an improvised song.
Novels are the Socratic dialogues of our time. Practical wisdom fled from school wisdom into this liberal form.
Mathematics is, as it were, a sensuous logic, and relates to philosophy as do the arts, music, and plastic art to poetry.
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