"The German national character is a favorite subject of character experts, probably because the less mature a nation, the more she is an object of criticism and not of history."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel on Thomas Jefferson
"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."