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Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
August 27, 1770 - November 14, 1831
Nationality: German
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: German Philosopher

Animals are in possession of themselves; their soul is in possession of their body. But they have no right to their life, because they do not will it.


The Few assume to be the deputies, but they are often only the despoilers of the Many.


Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.


Only one man ever understood me, and he didn't understand me.


To him who looks upon the world rationally, the world in its turn presents a rational aspect. The relation is mutual.


Amid the pressure of great events, a general principle gives no help.


We do not need to be shoemakers to know if our shoes fit, and just as little have we any need to be professionals to acquire knowledge of matters of universal interest.


Truth in philosophy means that concept and external reality correspond.


I'm not ugly, but my beauty is a total creation.


The learner always begins by finding fault, but the scholar sees the positive merit in everything.


Education is the art of making man ethical.


When liberty is mentioned, we must always be careful to observe whether it is not really the assertion of private interests which is thereby designated.


Mark this well, you proud men of action! you are, after all, nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought.


An idea is always a generalization, and generalization is a property of thinking. To generalize means to think.


Governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deducted from it.


Too fair to worship, too divine to love.


World history is a court of judgment.


Once the state has been founded, there can no longer be any heroes. They come on the scene only in uncivilized conditions.


The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom.


It is easier to discover a deficiency in individuals, in states, and in Providence, than to see their real import and value.


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