Wilhelm von Humboldt

(Friedrich Wilhelm Christian Karl Ferdinand von Humboldt)

Wilhelm von Humboldt
Wilhelm von Humboldt
  • Born: June 22, 1767
  • Died: April 8, 1835
  • Nationality: Prussian
  • Profession: Philosopher

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All political arrangements, in that they have to bring a variety of widely-discordant interests into unity and harmony, necessarily occasion manifold collisions. From these collisions spring misproportions between men’s desires and their powers; and from these, transgressions. The more active the State is, the greater is the number of these. Miscellaneous
Governmental regulations all carry coercion to some degree, and even where they don't, they habituate man to expect teaching, guidance and help outside himself, instead of formulating his own. Regulation & Deregulation
If we glance at the most important revolutions in history, we are at no loss to perceive that the greatest number of these originated in the periodical revolutions of the human mind Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
In order to bring about the transition from the condition of the present to another newly resolved on, every reform should be allowed to proceed as much as possible from men’s minds and thoughts Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
It is with nations as with nature which knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction. Development & Growth
That government is best which makes itself unnecessary. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The longing for freedom … is only too frequently suggested by the deep-felt consciousness of its absence. Freedom & Liberty
We cannot assume the injustice of any actions which only create offense, and especially as regards religion and morals. He who utters or does anything to wound the conscience and moral sense of others, may indeed act immorally, but so long as he is not guilty of being importunate, he violates no right. Freedom & Liberty
Wherever the citizen becomes indifferent to his fellows, so will the husband be to his wife, and the father of a family toward the members of his household. Families, Children & Parenting
Coercion may prevent many transgressions; but it robs even actions which are legal of a part of their beauty. Freedom may lead to many transgressions, but it lends even to vices a less ignoble form. Freedom & Liberty ;Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
How a person masters his fate is more important than what his fate is.
However great an evil immorality may be, we must not forget that it is not without its beneficial consequences. It is only through extremes that men can arrive at the middle path of wisdom and virtue.
I am more and more convinced that our happiness or our unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of those events themselves. Life ;Nature ;Happiness & Unhappiness
If we glance at the most important revolutions in history, we see at once that the greatest number of these originated in the periodical revolutions on the human mind. History
It is usually more important how a man meets his fate than what it is.
Language makes infinite use of finite media.
Only what we have wrought into our character during life can we take with us. Life
The government is best which makes itself unnecessary. Government
True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.
War seems to be one of the most salutary phenomena for the culture of human nature; and it is not without regret that I see it disappearing more and more from the scene. Nature ;War & Peace

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