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We learn from history that we do not learn from history
To be independent of public opinion is the first formal condition of achieving anything great.
Truth is found neither in the thesis nor the antithesis, but in an emergent synthesis which reconciles the two.
Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.
Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights.
What history teaches us is that neither nations nor governments ever learn anything from it.
I have the courage to be mistaken.
All education is the art of making men ethical (sittlich), of transforming the old Adam into the new Adam.
To be aware of limitations is already to be beyond them.
Africa has no history and did not contribute to anything that mankind enjoyed.
An idea is always a generalization, and generalization is a property of thinking. To generalize means to think.
Every idea, extended into infinity, becomes its own opposite.
The learner always begins by finding fault, but the scholar sees the positive merit in everything.
The History of the world is not the theatre of happiness. Periods of happiness are blank pages in it, for they are periods of harmony--periods when the antithesis is in abeyance.
War is progress, peace is stagnation.
No man is a hero to his valet. This is not because the hero is no hero, but because the valet is a valet.
Impatience asks for the impossible, wants to reach the goal without the means of getting there. The length of the journey has to be borne with, for every moment is necessary.
The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk.
Reading the morning newspaper is the realist's morning prayer.
If you want to love you must serve, if you want freedom you must die.
The valor that struggles is better than the weakness that endures.
I'm not ugly, but my beauty is a total creation.
Philosophy is by its nature something esoteric, neither made for the mob nor capable of being prepared for the mob.
We learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.
Too fair to worship, too divine to love.
Mark this well, you proud men of action! you are, after all, nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought.
America is therefore the land of the future, where, in the ages that lie before us, the burden of the World's History shall reveal itself.
A man who has work that suits him and a wife, whom he loves, has squared his accounts with life.
The force of mind is only as great as its expression; its depth only as deep as its power to expand and lose itself.
The substance, the essence, the Spirit is freedom.
Only one man ever understood me, and he didn't understand me
The state of man's mind, or the elementary phase of mind which he so far possesses, conforms precisely to the state of the world as he so far views it
Genuine tragedy is a case not of right against wrong but of right against right - two equally justified ethical principles embodied in people of unchangeable will.
To make abstractions hold in reality is to destroy reality.
The more certain our knowledge the less we know.
Truth in philosophy means that concept and external reality correspond.
The Catholics had been in the position of oppressors, and the Protestants of the oppressed
Not curiosity, not vanity, not the consideration of expediency, not duty and conscientiousness, but an unquenchable, unhappy thirst that brooks no compromise leads us to truth.
Freedom is the fundamental character of the will, as weight is of matter... That which is free is the will. Will without freedom is an empty word.
Life has value only when it has something valuable as its object.
Beauty is merely the Spiritual making itself known sensuously.
Whatever is reasonable is true, and whatever is true is reasonable
To him who looks at the world rationally the world looks rationally back.
History is not the soil of happiness. The periods of happiness are blank pages in it.
When liberty is mentioned, we must always be careful to observe whether it is not really the assertion of private interests which is thereby designated.
Mere goodness can achieve little against the power of nature.
Destiny is consciousness of oneself, but consciousness of oneself as an enemy.
Propounding peace and love without practical or institutional engagement is delusion, not virtue.
The spirit is never at rest, but always engaged in progressive motion, giving itself new form.
Once the state has been founded, there can no longer be any heroes. They come on the scene only in uncivilized conditions.