- Let the famous not denounce fame. Far from being empty and meaningless, it fills those it touches with divine power.
- Sappho, act 1, sc. 5 (1818)
- Why do comparisons of words and tone poems (poetry and music) never take into consideration that the word is a mere signifier, but that the sound, aside from being a signifier, is also an object?
- Notebooks and Diaries (1820)
- I'd wish the government took honest people into consideration, it shows enough consideration for scoundrels.
- On the Admissibility of Capital Punishment, from Notebooks and Diaries (1836)
- When mundane, lowly activities are at stake, too much insight is detrimental—far-sightedness errs in immediate concerns.
- Libussa, act 1 (1848)
- I love the pride whose measure is its own eminence and not the insignificance of someone else.
- Libussa, act 2 (1848)
- Die Irreligiösen sind religiöser als sie selbst wissen, und die Religiösen sind's weniger, als sie meinen.
- Translation: The irreligious are more religious than they themselves know, and the religious are less so than they think.
- Aphorism (1857), in Studien zur Philosophie und Religion. Historische und politische Studien. Hamburg: Tredition, 2011, p. 32. ISBN 978-3-8424-1558-4