Quotes by: Franz Grillparzer

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Franz Grillparzer
Lithograph by Josef Kriehuber, 1841
Born 15 January 1791
Vienna, Austria
Died 21 January 1872 (1872-01-22) (aged 81)
Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Occupation Dramatist
Nationality Austrian

Although your knowledge is weak and small, you need not be silent: since you cannot be judges be at least witnesses.
Franz Grillparzer
If someone were to think that trees are made to support the sky, they would all seem too short.
Franz Grillparzer
If we notice a few errors in the work of a proven master, we may and even will often be correct; if we believe, however, that he is completely and utterly mistaken, we are in danger of missing his entire concept.
Franz Grillparzer
There shall be no slave in your home, male or female: Least of all the mother of your son.
Franz Grillparzer
Progress will always have as its recourse to exaggerate what it cannot surpass.
Franz Grillparzer
This searching and doubting and vacillating where nothing is clear but the arrogance of quest. I, too, had such noble ideas when I was still a boy.
Franz Grillparzer
No one will stop to help you when you are in need, but everyone forces opinions upon you that you do not require.
Franz Grillparzer
When the theater gates open, a mob pours inside, and it is the poet's task to turn it into an audience.
Franz Grillparzer
Mankind is getting smarter every day. Actually, it only seems so. At least we are making progress. We're progressing, to be sure, ever more deeply into the forest.
Franz Grillparzer
Ideas are not thoughts; the thought respects the boundaries that the idea ignores thereby failing to realize itself.
Franz Grillparzer
I look around me and nowhere do I see a stamp of disapproval with which nature marked a woman's candid brow.
Franz Grillparzer
Without a notion of the transcendental, human beings would, indeed, be animals; however, only fools can be convinced of it, and only degenerates need such a conviction.
Franz Grillparzer
The ideas of an age are most abundant where they are not crowded by original ideas.
Franz Grillparzer
Drink and be thankful to the host! What seems insignificant when you have it, is important when you need it.
Franz Grillparzer
Genius unrefined resembles a flash of lightning, but wisdom is like the sun.
Franz Grillparzer
You even called me stupid in your verse, and I'm almost agreeing, for where stupidity is involved, you are quite an expert, friend.
Franz Grillparzer
The main reason why men and women make different aesthetic judgments is the fact that the latter, generally incapable of abstraction, only admire what meets their complete approval.
Franz Grillparzer
It's the misfortune of German authors that not a single one of them dares to expose his true character. Everyone thinks that he has to be better than he is.
Franz Grillparzer
Before passing different laws for different people, I'd relinquish myself unto you as your slave.
Franz Grillparzer
Whoever places his trust into a system will soon be without a home. While you are building your third story, the two lower ones have already been dismantled.
Franz Grillparzer
Those who want to row on the ocean of human knowledge do not get far, and the storm drives those out of their course who set sail.
Franz Grillparzer
Science and art, or by the same token, poetry and prose differ from one another like a journey and an excursion. The purpose of the journey is its goal, the purpose of an excursion is the process.
Franz Grillparzer
To test a modest man's modesty do not investigate if he ignores applause, find out if he abides criticism.
Franz Grillparzer
No shortcomings of other people cause us to be more intolerant than those which are caricatures of our own.
Franz Grillparzer
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