Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Meandering in the stacks . . .

Today is the birthday of (Karl Wilhelm) Friedrich von Schlegel (March 10, 1772 – January 12, 1829), poet, critic and scholar. He was one of the chief founders of the German Romanticism movement.

"Combine the extremes, and you will have the true center." - Friedrich von Schlegel

"Prudishness is pretense of innocence without innocence. Women have to remain prudish as long as men are sentimental, dense, and evil enough to demand of them eternal innocence and lack of education. For innocence is the only thing which can ennoble lack of education." - Friedrich von Schlegel

"One can only become a philosopher, but not be one. As one believes he is a philosopher, he stops being one." - Friedrich von Schlegel

"He who does not become familiar with nature through love will never know her." - Friedrich von Schlegel

"One of two things is usually lacking in the so-called Philosophy of Art: either philosophy or art." - Friedrich von Schlegel

"It is peculiar to mankind to transcend mankind." - Friedrich von Schlegel

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