Quotes by: Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
What is called good society is usually nothing but a mosaic of polished caricatures.
Since philosophy now criticizes everything it comes across, a critique of philosophy would be nothing less than a just reprisal.
Kant introduced the concept of the negative into philosophy. Would it not also be worthwhile to try to introduce the concept of the positive into philosophy?
Novels are the Socratic dialogues of our time. Practical wisdom fled from school wisdom into this liberal form.
It is as deadly for a mind to have a system as to have none. Therefore it will have to decide to combine both.
An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog.
Wit is the appearance, the external flash of imagination. Thus its divinity, and the witty character of mysticism.
Eternal life and the invisible world are only to be sought in God. Only within Him do all spirits dwell. He is an abyss of individuality, the only infinite plenitude.
Strictly speaking, the idea of a scientific poem is probably as nonsensical as that of a poetic science.
Wit as an instrument of revenge is as infamous as art is as a means of sensual titillation.
Mysteries are feminine; they like to veil themselves but still want to be seen and divined.
Whoever does not philosophize for the sake of philosophy, but rather uses philosophy as a means, is a sophist.
The subject of history is the gradual realization of all that is practically necessary.
From what the moderns want, we must learn what poetry should become; from what the ancients did, what poetry must be.
Nothing truly convincing - which would possess thoroughness, vigor, and skill - has been written against the ancients as yet; especially not against their poetry.
Religion is not only a part of education, an element of humanity, but the center of everything else, always the first and the ultimate, the absolutely original.