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Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Portrait by Jakob Schlesinger dated 1831, the
year of Hegel’s death
Born August 27, 1770
Stuttgart, Duchy of Württemberg
Died November 14, 1831(1831-11-14) (aged 61)
Berlin, Kingdom of Prussia
Residence Germany
Nationality German
Education Gymnasium illustre zu Stuttgart
Alma mater Tübinger Stift, University of Tübingen (MA, 1790)[1]
University of Jena
(Dr.phil.habil., 1801)
Era 19th-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy

German idealism
Objective idealism
Absolute idealism
Founder of Hegelianism

Institutions University of Jena
University of Heidelberg
University of Berlin
Main interests

Philosophy of history
Political philosophy

Notable ideas

Absolute idealism
Hegelian dialectic
Master–slave dialectic
“Sublation” (Aufheben)
Geist (“mind/spirit”)
“The true is the whole”[4]
Rationality alone is real[5]
Distinction between
critical Verstandesmetaphysik[6]
(metaphysics of Understanding) and
speculative Vernunftsmetaphysik
(metaphysics of Reason)[7]

Amid the pressure of great events, a general principle gives no help.
World history is a court of judgment.
The learner always begins by finding fault, but the scholar sees the positive merit in everything.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Too fair to worship, too divine to love.
Governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deducted from it.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.
The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Education is the art of making man ethical.
All that is real is reasonable, and all that is reasonable is real.
To him who looks upon the world rationally, the world in its turn presents a rational aspect. The relation is mutual.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
I'm not ugly, but my beauty is a total creation.
Mere goodness can achieve little against the power of nature.

Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.
The Few assume to be the deputies, but they are often only the despoilers of the Many.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Truth in philosophy means that concept and external reality correspond.
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.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
An idea is always a generalization, and generalization is a property of thinking. To generalize means to think.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Once the state has been founded, there can no longer be any heroes. They come on the scene only in uncivilized conditions.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
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.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
It is easier to discover a deficiency in individuals, in states, and in Providence, than to see their real import and value.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
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.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Mark this well, you proud men of action! you are, after all, nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel