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Friedrich Schiller Quotes

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Friedrich Schiller
November 10, 1759 - May 9, 1805
Nationality: German
Category: Dramatist
Subcategory: German Dramatist

Worthless is the nation that does not gladly stake its all on its honor.


A noble heart will always capitulate to reason.


Peace is rarely denied to the peaceful.


The jest loses its point when he who makes it is the first to laugh.


Posterity weaves no garlands for imitators.


No doubt the artist is the child of his time; but woe to him if he is also its disciple, or even its favorite.


Nothing leads to good that is not natural.


Every true genius is bound to be naive.


The will of man is his happiness.


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.


Will it, and set to work briskly.


No emperor has the power to dictate to the heart.


The world is ruled only by consideration of advantages.


Be noble minded! Our own heart, and not other men's opinions of us, forms our true honor.


Disappointments are to the soul what a thunderstorm is to the air.


Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.


Power is the most persuasive rhetoric.


A gloomy guest fits not a wedding feast.


Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing.


It is criminal to steal a purse, daring to steal a fortune, a mark of greatness to steal a crown. The blame diminishes as the guilt increases.


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