|Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel|
Portrait by Jakob Schlesinger dated 1831, the
year of Hegel’s death
|Born||August 27, 1770
Stuttgart, Duchy of WÃ¼rttemberg
|Died||November 14, 1831 (aged 61)
Berlin, Kingdom of Prussia
|Education||Gymnasium illustre zu Stuttgart|
|Alma mater||TÃ¼binger Stift, University of TÃ¼bingen (MA, 1790)
University of Jena
|Institutions||University of Jena
University of Heidelberg
University of Berlin
The learner always begins by finding fault, but the scholar sees the positive merit in everything.
Governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deducted from it.
The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom.
To him who looks upon the world rationally, the world in its turn presents a rational aspect. The relation is mutual.
The Few assume to be the deputies, but they are often only the despoilers of the Many.
Animals are in possession of themselves; their soul is in possession of their body. But they have no right to their life, because they do not will it.
An idea is always a generalization, and generalization is a property of thinking. To generalize means to think.
Once the state has been founded, there can no longer be any heroes. They come on the scene only in uncivilized conditions.
We do not need to be shoemakers to know if our shoes fit, and just as little have we any need to be professionals to acquire knowledge of matters of universal interest.
Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights.
It is easier to discover a deficiency in individuals, in states, and in Providence, than to see their real import and value.
When liberty is mentioned, we must always be careful to observe whether it is not really the assertion of private interests which is thereby designated.
Mark this well, you proud men of action! you are, after all, nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought.