Quotes by Friedrich von Schiller

Folly, thou conquerest, and I must yield!
Against stupidity the very gods
Themselves contend in vain. Exalted reason,
Resplendent daughter of the head divine,
Wise foundress of the system of the world,
Guide of the stars, who are thou then, if thou,
Bound to the tail of folly's uncurb'd steed,
Must, vainly shrieking, with the drunken crowd,
Eyes open, plunge down headlong in the abyss.
– Friedrich von Schiller
Soon is the struggle past, and to the earth,
To the eternal sun, I render back
These atoms, joined in me for pain and pleasure.
… there remains naught save a modicum of senseless dust
Such is the end of man−−the only spoil
We carry with us from life's battle−field,
Is but an insight into nothingness,
And utter scorn of all which once appeared
To us exalted and desirable.
– Friedrich von Schiller
History, insofar as it accustoms human beings to comprehend the whole of the past and to hasten forward with its conclusions into the far future, conceals the boundaries of birth and death, which enclose the life of the human being so narrowly and oppressively, and with a kind of optical illusion, expands his short existence into endless space, leading the individual imperceptibly over into humanity.
– Friedrich von Schiller
Love therefore—the most beautiful phenomenon in the soul-filled creation, the omnipotent magnet in the spiritual world, the source of devotion and of the most sublime virtue—Love is only the reflection of this single original power, an attraction of the excellent, grounded upon an instantaneous exchange of the personality, a confusion of the beings.
When I hate, so take I something from myself; when I love, so become I so much the richer, by what I love. Forgiveness is the recovery of an alienated property - hatred of man a prolonged suicide; egoism the highest poverty of a created being.
– Friedrich von Schiller
It does not prove a thing to be right because the majority say it is so.
– Friedrich von Schiller
Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.
– Friedrich von Schiller
With stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.
– Friedrich von Schiller