Friedrich Schiller

Friedrich Schiller

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (10 November 1759 – 9 May 1805) was a German poet, philosopher, physician, historian, and playwright. During the last seventeen years of his life (1788–1805), Schiller struck up a productive, if complicated, friendship with the already famous and influential Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. 

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Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change.

No doubt the artist is the child of his time, but woe to him if he is also its disciple or even its favorite.

A noble heart will always capitulate to reason.

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.

He who has done his best for his own time has lived for all times.

The world is ruled only by consideration of advantages.

Revenge is barren of itself: it is the dreadful food it feeds on, its delight is murder and its end is despair.

Mankind is made great or little by its own will.

Votes should be weighed not counted.

In the society where people are just parts in a larger machine individuals are unable to develop fully.

There is no such thing as chance, and what seem to us merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny.

As freely as the firmament embraces the world or the sun pours forth impartially his beams so mercy must encircle both friend and foe.

The jest loses its point when he who makes it is the first to laugh.

It is easy to give advice from a port of safety.

It is often wise to reveal that which cannot be concealed for long.

Who dares nothing need hope for nothing.

Lose not yourself in a far off time seize the moment that is thine.

Man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man and he is only completely a man when he plays.

Worthless is the nation that does not gladly stake its all on its honor.

Appearance rules the world.

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