Saturday, February 10, 2007

Sayings of Friedrich von Schiller

Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.

The voice of the majority is no proof of justice.

Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told me in my childhood than in any truth that is taught in life.

A tyrant's power has a limit.

Dare to be wrong and to dream.

Keep true to the dreams of your youth.

Great souls suffer in silence.

Sorrow is brief but joy is endless.

The iron chain and the silken cord are both equally bonds.

Truth lives on in the midst of deception.

Honesty prospers in every condition of life.

A beautiful soul has no other merit but its existence.

A healthy nature needs no God or immortality.

Art is the right hand of Nature. The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men.

It hinders the creative work of the mind if the intellect examines too closely the ideas as they pour in.

He that is overcautious will accomplish little.

Think with awe on the slow and quiet power of time.

They would need to be already wise, in order to love wisdom.

Lose not yourself in a far off time, seize the moment that is thine.

Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult things easily.

Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing.

Nothing, it is true, is more common than for both Science and Art to pay homage to the spirit of the age, and for creative taste to accept the law of critical taste.

The history of the world is the world's court of justice.

Many things are growing plain and clear to my understanding. (Schiller’s dying words)

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