Sunday, May 2, 2010

Meandering while we wander . . .

Today is the birthday of Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg (May 2, 1772 – March 25, 1801), an author and philosopher. He is best known by the pseudonym, Novalis, and sometimes referred to as the prophet of Romanticism.

"We are near waking when we dream that we dream." - Novalis

"We dream of a journey through the universe. But is the universe then not in us? We do not know the depths of our spirit. Inward goes the secret path. Eternity with its worlds, the past and the future, is in us or nowhere." - Novalis

"The first step is to look within, the discriminating contemplation of the self. He who remains at this point only half develops. The second step must be a telling look without, independent, sustained contemplation of the external world." - Novalis

"The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet. Where they overlap, it is in every point of the overlap." - Novalis

"A hero is one who knows how to hang on one minute longer." - Novalis

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