Friedrich Schiller Quotes
A gloomy guest fits not a wedding feast.
A merely fallen enemy may rise again, but the reconciled one is truly vanquished.
A noble heart will always capitulate to reason.
Aesthetic matters are fundamental for the harmonious development of both society and the individual.
Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain.
All things must; man is the only creature that wills.
Appearance rules the world.
Art is the daughter of freedom.
Art is the right hand of Nature. The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men.
As freely as the firmament embraces the world, or the sun pours forth impartially his beams, so mercy must encircle both friend and foe.
Be noble minded! Our own heart, and not other men’s opinions of us, forms our true honor.
Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish plays.
Disappointments are to the soul what a thunderstorm is to the air.
Every true genius is bound to be naive.
Freedom can occur only through education.
Full of wisdom are the ordinations of fate.
Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.
Great souls suffer in silence.
Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change.
He who considers too much will perform little.
He who has done his best for his own time has lived for all times.
Honesty prospers in every condition of life.
I am better than my reputation.
In the society, where people are just parts in a larger machine, individuals are unable to develop fully.
It does not prove a thing to be right because the majority say it is so.
It hinders the creative work of the mind if the intellect examines too closely the ideas as they pour in.
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.
It is difficult to discriminate the voice of truth from amid the clamor raised by heated partisans.
It is easy to give advice from a port of safety.
It is often wise to reveal that which cannot be concealed for long.
Keep true to the dreams of your youth.
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.
Live with your century; but do not be its creature.
Lose not yourself in a far off time, seize the moment that is thine.
Man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man, and he is only completely a man when he plays.
Mankind is made great or little by its own will.
No doubt the artist is the child of his time; but woe to him if he is also its disciple, or even its favorite.
No emperor has the power to dictate to the heart.
Not without a shudder may the human hand reach into the mysterious urn of destiny.
Nothing leads to good that is not natural.
Of all the possessions of this life fame is the noblest; when the body has sunk into the dust the great name still lives.
Opposition always inflames the enthusiast, never converts him.
Peace is rarely denied to the peaceful.
Posterity weaves no garlands for imitators.
Power is the most persuasive rhetoric.
Revenge is barren of itself: it is the dreadful food it feeds on; its delight is murder, and its end is despair.
That which is so universal as death must be a benefit.
The greater part of humanity is too much harassed and fatigued by the struggle with want, to rally itself for a new and sterner struggle with error.
The history of the world is the world’s court of justice.
The jest loses its point when he who makes it is the first to laugh.
The key to education is the experience of beauty.
The rich become richer and the poor become poorer is a cry heard throughout the whole civilized world.
The strong man is strongest when alone.
The universe is one of God’s thoughts.
The voice of the majority is no proof of justice.
The will of man is his happiness.
The world is ruled only by consideration of advantages.
There is no such thing as chance; and what seem to us merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny.
There is room in the smallest cottage for a happy loving pair.
They would need to be already wise, in order to love wisdom.
To gain a crown by fighting is great, to reject it divine.
To save all we must risk all.
Utility is the great idol of the age, to which all powers must do service and all talents swear allegiance.
Votes should be weighed not counted.
Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing.
Will it, and set to work briskly.
With stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain.
Worthless is the nation that does not gladly stake its all on its honor.