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Wilhelm von Humboldt

Wilhelm von Humboldt
Born (1767-06-22)22 June 1767
Potsdam, Prussia
Died 8 April 1835(1835-04-08) (aged 67)
Tegel, Prussia
Nationality Prussian
Alma mater University of Frankfurt (Oder) (no degree)
University of Göttingen (no degree)
Era 19th-century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Berlin Romanticism[1]
Romantic linguistics[2]
Main interests
Philosophy of language
Notable ideas
Language as a rule-governed system
Humboldtian model of higher education

True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.
Wilhelm von Humboldt
Coercion may prevent many transgressions; but it robs even actions which are legal of a part of their beauty. Freedom may lead to many transgressions, but it lends even to vices a less ignoble form.
Wilhelm von Humboldt
The government is best which makes itself unnecessary.
I am more and more convinced that our happiness or our unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of those events themselves.
Wilhelm von Humboldt
Only what we have wrought into our character during life can we take with us.
Wilhelm von Humboldt
Wherever the citizen becomes indifferent to his fellows, so will the husband be to his wife, and the father of a family toward the members of his household.
Wilhelm von Humboldt
If we glance at the most important revolutions in history, we see at once that the greatest number of these originated in the periodical revolutions on the human mind.
Wilhelm von Humboldt
However great an evil immorality may be, we must not forget that it is not without its beneficial consequences. It is only through extremes that men can arrive at the middle path of wisdom and virtue.
Wilhelm von Humboldt
It is usually more important how a man meets his fate than what it is.
Language makes infinite use of finite media.
How a person masters his fate is more important than what his fate is.
War seems to be one of the most salutary phenomena for the culture of human nature; and it is not without regret that I see it disappearing more and more from the scene.
Wilhelm von Humboldt