An artist is he for whom the goal and center of life is to form his mind.
Eternal life and the invisible world are only to be sought in God. Only within Him do all spirits dwell. He is an abyss of individuality, the only infinite plenitude.
Form your life humanly, and you have done enough: but you will never reach the height of art and the depth of science without something divine.
Women are treated as unjustly in poetry as in life. The feminine ones are not idealistic, and the idealistic not feminine.
A priest is he who lives solely in the realm of the invisible, for whom all that is visible has only the truth of an allegory.
An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog.
Art and works of art do not make an artist; sense and enthusiasm and instinct do.
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.
Mathematics is, as it were, a sensuous logic, and relates to philosophy as do the arts, music, and plastic art to poetry.
Wit as an instrument of revenge is as infamous as art is as a means of sensual titillation.
God is each truly and exalted thing, therefore the individual himself to the highest degree. But are not nature and the world individuals?
He who does not become familiar with nature through love will never know her.
Man is a creative retrospection of nature upon itself.
Novels tend to end as the Paternoster begins: with the kingdom of God on earth.
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.
Many works of the ancients have become fragments. Many works of the moderns are fragments at the time of their origin.
Novels are the Socratic dialogues of our time. Practical wisdom fled from school wisdom into this liberal form.
Irony is the form of paradox. Paradox is what is good and great at the same time.
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.
The subject of history is the gradual realization of all that is practically necessary.
A family can develop only with a loving woman as its center.
If you want to see mankind fully, look at a family. Within the family minds become organically one, and for this reason the family is total poetry.
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.
What is called good society is usually nothing but a mosaic of polished caricatures.
Wit is the appearance, the external flash of imagination. Thus its divinity, and the witty character of mysticism.