Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel was born 10 March 1772, and died 12 January 1829
- An artist is he for whom the goal and centre of life is to form his mind.
- Novels tend to end as the Paternoster begins: with the kingdom of God on earth.
- Aphorisms are the true form of the universal philosophy.
- What is called good society is usually nothing but a mosaic of polished caricatures.
- The surest method of being incomprehensible or, moreover, to be misunderstood is to use words in their original sense; especially words from the ancient languages.
- The essential point of view of Christianity is sin.
- Women are treated as unjustly in poetry as in life. The feminine ones are not idealistic, and the idealistic not feminine.
- Many a witty inspiration is like the surprising reunion of befriended thoughts after a long separation.
- It is as deadly for a mind to have a system as to have none. Therefore it will have to decide to combine both.
- Every uneducated person is a caricature of himself.
- Wit is the appearance, the external flash of imagination. Thus its divinity, and the witty character of mysticism.
- Only a man who is at one with the world can be at one with himself.
Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel was a German poet, literary critic, philosopher, philologist and indologist.
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