Friedrich Schiller

(Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller)

Friedrich Schiller
Friedrich Schiller
  • Born: November 10, 1759
  • Died: May 9, 1805
  • Nationality: German
  • Profession: Dramatist

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Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller 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. They frequently discussed issues concerning aesthetics, and Schiller encouraged Goethe to finish works he left as sketches. This relationship and these discussions led to a period now referred to as Weimar Classicism. They also worked together on Xenien, a collection of short satirical poems in which both Schiller and Goethe challenge opponents of their philosophical vision.

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Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain. Human Nature
He who has done his best for his own time has lived for all times. Time ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The strong man is strongest when alone. Leaders & Leadership
The voice of the majority is no proof of justice. Public Opinion & Polling
To save all we must risk all. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
A gloomy guest fits not a wedding feast. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
A merely fallen enemy may rise again, but the reconciled one is truly vanquished.
A noble heart will always capitulate to reason.
Aesthetic matters are fundamental for the harmonious development of both society and the individual. Society
All things must; man is the only creature that wills.
Appearance rules the world.
Art is the daughter of freedom. Freedom & Liberty ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Art is the right hand of Nature. The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men. Nature ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
As freely as the firmament embraces the world, or the sun pours forth impartially his beams, so mercy must encircle both friend and foe.
Be noble minded! Our own heart, and not other men's opinions of us, forms our true honor.
Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish plays.
Disappointments are to the soul what a thunderstorm is to the air.
Every true genius is bound to be naive. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Freedom can occur only through education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Freedom & Liberty
Full of wisdom are the ordinations of fate.
Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom. Inspiration
Great souls suffer in silence.
Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change. Happiness & Unhappiness
He who considers too much will perform little.
Honesty prospers in every condition of life. Life
I am better than my reputation.
In the society, where people are just parts in a larger machine, individuals are unable to develop fully. Society
It does not prove a thing to be right because the majority say it is so.
It hinders the creative work of the mind if the intellect examines too closely the ideas as they pour in. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It is difficult to discriminate the voice of truth from amid the clamor raised by heated partisans. Truth
It is easy to give advice from a port of safety.
It is often wise to reveal that which cannot be concealed for long.
Keep true to the dreams of your youth.
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Live with your century; but do not be its creature.
Lose not yourself in a far off time, seize the moment that is thine. Time
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.
Mankind is made great or little by its own will. Inspiration
No doubt the artist is the child of his time; but woe to him if he is also its disciple, or even its favorite. Time
No emperor has the power to dictate to the heart. Power
Not without a shudder may the human hand reach into the mysterious urn of destiny.
Nothing leads to good that is not natural.
Of all the possessions of this life fame is the noblest; when the body has sunk into the dust the great name still lives. Life
Opposition always inflames the enthusiast, never converts him.
Peace is rarely denied to the peaceful. War & Peace
Posterity weaves no garlands for imitators.
Power is the most persuasive rhetoric. Power
Revenge is barren of itself: it is the dreadful food it feeds on; its delight is murder, and its end is despair. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
That which is so universal as death must be a benefit. Death
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.
The history of the world is the world's court of justice. History
The jest loses its point when he who makes it is the first to laugh.
The key to education is the experience of beauty. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The rich become richer and the poor become poorer is a cry heard throughout the whole civilized world.
The universe is one of God's thoughts. Religion & God
The will of man is his happiness. Happiness & Unhappiness
The world is ruled only by consideration of advantages.
There is no such thing as chance; and what seem to us merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny.
There is room in the smallest cottage for a happy loving pair. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
They would need to be already wise, in order to love wisdom. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
To gain a crown by fighting is great, to reject it divine.
Utility is the great idol of the age, to which all powers must do service and all talents swear allegiance.
Votes should be weighed not counted.
Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing. Hope
Will it, and set to work briskly. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
With stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain.
Worthless is the nation that does not gladly stake its all on its honor.

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