Friedrich Schlegel Quotes (99 quotes)
“A classical work doesn't ever have to be understood entirely. But those who are educated and who are still educating themselves must desire to learn more and more from it.”
Selected Aphorisms from the Lyceum (1797) translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms
“A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.”
Kritische Fragmente, 27
“A definition of poetry can only determine what poetry should be and not what poetry actually was and is; otherwise the most concise formula would be: Poetry is that which at some time and some place was thus named.”
"Dialogue on poetry and literary aphorisms by Friedrich von Schlegel" translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Pennsylvania State University Press, 1968, p. 140
“An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog.”
Dialogue on poetry and literary aphorisms (1968 edition), Pennsylvania State Univ Pr
Selected Ideas (1799-1800), Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press, 1968
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsFriedrich Schlegel
Born: March 10, 1772
Died: January 12, 1829 (aged 56)
Bio: Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel was a German poet, critic and scholar. He was the younger brother of August Wilhelm Schlegel.