"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."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel on Robert Frost
"There is no self-knowledge but an historical one. No one knows what he himself is who does not know his fellow men, especially the most prominent one of the community, the master's master, the genius of the age."
"Religion can emerge in all forms of feeling: here wild anger, there the sweetest pain here consuming hatred, there the childlike smile of serene humility."
"Art and works of art do not make an artist sense and enthusiasm and instinct do."
"Wit as an instrument of revenge is as infamous as art is as a means of sensual titillation."
"In the world of language, or in other words in the world of art and liberal education, religion necessarily appears as mythology or as Bible."