Friedrich Schiller

Friedrich Schiller

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (10 November 1759 – 9 May 1805) was a German poet, philosopher, physician, historian, and playwright. During the last seventeen years of his life (1788–1805), Schiller struck up a productive, if complicated, friendship with the already famous and influential Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. 

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Disappointments are to the soul what a thunderstorm is to the air.

Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain.

Freedom can occur only through education.

Not without a shudder may the human hand reach into the mysterious urn of destiny.

A merely fallen enemy may rise again, but the reconciled one is truly vanquished.

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

The key to education is the experience of beauty.

With stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain.

All things must, man is the only creature that wills.

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

Every true genius is bound to be naive.

Live with your century, but do not be its creature.

The will of man is his happiness.

Art is the daughter of freedom.

A gloomy guest fits not a wedding feast.

There is room in the smallest cottage for a happy loving pair.

The voice of the majority is no proof of justice.

Be noble minded! Our own heart and not other men's opinions of us forms our true honor.

To save all we must risk all.

To gain a crown by fighting is great to reject it divine.

Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change.

No doubt the artist is the child of his time, but woe to him if he is also its disciple or even its favorite.

A noble heart will always capitulate to reason.

It is criminal to steal a purse daring to steal a fortune a mark of greatness to steal a crown. The blame diminishes as the guilt increases.

He who has done his best for his own time has lived for all times.

The world is ruled only by consideration of advantages.

Revenge is barren of itself: it is the dreadful food it feeds on, its delight is murder and its end is despair.

Mankind is made great or little by its own will.

Votes should be weighed not counted.

In the society where people are just parts in a larger machine individuals are unable to develop fully.

There is no such thing as chance, and what seem to us merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny.

As freely as the firmament embraces the world or the sun pours forth impartially his beams so mercy must encircle both friend and foe.

The jest loses its point when he who makes it is the first to laugh.

It is easy to give advice from a port of safety.

It is often wise to reveal that which cannot be concealed for long.

Who dares nothing need hope for nothing.

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

Man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man and he is only completely a man when he plays.

Worthless is the nation that does not gladly stake its all on its honor.

Appearance rules the world.

Peace is rarely denied to the peaceful.

He who considers too much will perform little.

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

Great souls suffer in silence.

I am better than my reputation.

Honesty prospers in every condition of life.

It does not prove a thing to be right because the majority say it is so.

Of all the possessions of this life fame is the noblest, when the body has sunk into the dust the great name still lives.

Posterity weaves no garlands for imitators.

No emperor has the power to dictate to the heart.

Opposition always inflames the enthusiast never converts him.

The rich become richer and the poor become poorer is a cry heard throughout the whole civilized world.

Keep true to the dreams of your youth.

Aesthetic matters are fundamental for the harmonious development of both society and the individual.

Power is the most persuasive rhetoric.

That which is so universal as death must be a benefit.

Will it and set to work briskly.

It is difficult to discriminate the voice of truth from amid the clamor raised by heated partisans.

Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.

Full of wisdom are the ordinations of fate.

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

The strong man is strongest when alone.

Nothing leads to good that is not natural.

The greater part of humanity is too much harassed and fatigued by the struggle with want to rally itself for a new and sterner struggle with error.

Utility is the great idol of the age to which all powers must do service and all talents swear allegiance.

Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish plays.

The universe is one of God's thoughts.

Knowledge the object of knowledge and the knower are the three factors which motivate action, the senses the work and the doer comprise the threefold basis of action.