Quotes by: Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
He who has religion will speak poetry. But philosophy is the tool with which to seek and discover religion.
As the ancient commander addressed his soldiers before battle, so should the moralist speak to men in the struggle of the era.
Every good man progressively becomes God. To become God, to be man, and to educate oneself, are expressions that are synonymous.
Art and works of art do not make an artist; sense and enthusiasm and instinct do.
Considered subjectively, philosophy always begins in the middle, like an epic poem.
A priest is he who lives solely in the realm of the invisible, for whom all that is visible has only the truth of an allegory.
A definition of poetry can only determine what poetry should be and not what poetry actually was and is; otherwise the most concise formula would be: Poetry is that which at some time and some place was thus named.
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.
All men are somewhat ridiculous and grotesque, just because they are men; and in this respect artists might well be regarded as man multiplied by two. So it is, was, and shall be.
Women do not have as great a need for poetry because their own essence is poetry.
Nothing is more witty and grotesque than ancient mythology and Christianity; that is because they are so mystical.
There is no self-knowledge but an historical one. No one knows what he himself is who does not know his fellow men, especially the most prominent one of the community, the master's master, the genius of the age.
Women are treated as unjustly in poetry as in life. The feminine ones are not idealistic, and the idealistic not feminine.
Duty is for Kant the One and All. Out of the duty of gratitude, he claims, one has to defend and esteem the ancients; and only out of duty has he become a great man.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
Like Leibniz's possible worlds, most men are only equally entitled pretenders to existence. There are few existences.
One can only become a philosopher, but not be one. As one believes he is a philosopher, he stops being one.
Novels tend to end as the Paternoster begins: with the kingdom of God on earth.
Mathematics is, as it were, a sensuous logic, and relates to philosophy as do the arts, music, and plastic art to poetry.