Talk:Friedrich Schiller

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  • 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.
  • All things must; man is the only creature that wills.
  • Appearance rules the world.
  • 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.
A gracious sovereign throws his portals wide,
Admitting every guest, excluding none;
As freely as the firmament the world,
So mercy must encircle friend and foe.
The sun pours forth his vivifying beams
Through all the regions of infinity:
The heavens impartially dispense their dew,
And bring refreshment to each thirsty plant.
Whate'er is good, and cometh from on high,
Is universal and without reserve.
--Hughh (talk) 19:47, 13 November 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  • 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.
  • Glory to Women! They weave and entwine heavenly roses into an earthly life.
  • Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.
  • Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change.
  • He who considers too much will perform little.
  • Honesty prospers in every condition of life.
  • I am better than my reputation.
  • I see before me the father of my parents.
  • 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 base to filch a purse, daring to embezzle a million, but it is great beyond measure to steal a crown. The sin lessens as the guilt increases.
    • Variant: 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.
    • Variant: One can advise comfortably from a safe port.
  • It is often wise to reveal that which cannot be concealed for long.
  • Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.
    • Variant: 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.
  • Mankind is made great or little by its own will.
  • 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.
    • Variant: Opposition 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 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 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.
  • To gain a crown by fighting is great, to reject it divine.
  • Truth exists for the wise, beauty for the feeling heart.
  • 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.
  • When faced with a mountain, I will not quit! I will keep on striving until I climb over, find a pass through, tunnel underneath — or simply stay and turn the mountain into a gold mine, with God's help!
  • Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing.
  • Worthless is the nation that does not gladly stake its all on its honor.
  • Youth covets; let not this covetousness seduce you.
Re "Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.", a similar sentiment is expressed by Schiller with "A man, he must respect his young days’ dreams." in the first line of page 179 here. Does that help at all? — I.S.M.E.T.A. 23:15, 6 February 2015 (UTC)[reply]
The same source (Don Carlos, act IV, scene xxi; here), but translated differently, reads "Tell him, in manhood, he must still revere // The dreams of early youth...". — I.S.M.E.T.A. 23:49, 6 February 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Joan of Arc Burning at Stake captioning[edit]

Why is the image captioned with "Folly, though conquerest...", when it is a speech for the part of Talbot?