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.
Whoever does not philosophize for the sake of philosophy, but rather uses philosophy as a means, is a sophist.
Women are treated as unjustly in poetry as in life. The feminine ones are not idealistic, and the idealistic not feminine.
One can only become a philosopher, but not be one. As one believes he is a philosopher, he stops being one.
Plato's philosophy is a dignified preface to future religion.
No idea is isolated, but is only what it is among all ideas.
What is lost in the good or excellent translation is precisely the best.
From what the moderns want, we must learn what poetry should become; from what the ancients did, what poetry must be.
Wit as an instrument of revenge is as infamous as art is as a means of sensual titillation.
He who does not become familiar with nature through love will never know her.
It is peculiar to mankind to transcend mankind.
Mysteries are feminine; they like to veil themselves but still want to be seen and divined.
Versatility of education can be found in our best poetry, but the depth of mankind should be found in the philosopher.
What men are among the other formations of the earth, artists are among men.
About no subject is there less philosophizing than about philosophy.
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