• Born: May 2, 1772
  • Died: March 25, 1801
  • Nationality: German
  • Profession: Poet









Novalis was the pseudonym and pen name of Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg (2 May 1772 – 25 March 1801), a poet, author, mystic, and philosopher of Early German Romanticism. Hardenberg's professional work and university background, namely his study of mineralogy and management of salt mines in Saxony, was often ignored by his contemporary readers. The first studies showing important relations between his literary and professional works started in the 1960s.

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A character is a completely fashioned will.
A hero is one who knows how to hang on one minute longer.
Character and fate are two words for the same thing.
Christianity is the root of all democracy, the highest fact in the rights of men.
Every beloved object is the center point of a paradise.
I often feel, and ever more deeply I realize, that fate and character are the same conception.
Knowledge is only one half. Faith is the other. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Religion & God
Learning is pleasurable but doing is the height of enjoyment. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Nature is a petrified magic city. Nature
Nothing is more indispensable to true religiosity than a mediator that links us with divinity.
Only an artist can interpret the meaning of life. Life
Only as far as a man is happily married to himself is he fit for married life and family life in general. Life ;Families, Children & Parenting
Philosophy is properly home-sickness; the wish to be everywhere at home.
Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason. Literature, Writers & Writing
The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
To become properly acquainted with a truth, we must first have disbelieved it, and disputed against it. Truth
We are more closely connected to the invisible than to the visible.
We are near waking when we dream we are dreaming.
We never completely comprehend ourselves, but we can do far more than comprehend.
Where children are, there is the golden age.
Where no gods are, spectres rule.