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    I notice well that one stray step from the habitual path leads irresistibly into a new direction. Life moves forward, it never reverses its course.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: path 
     
    Recently, the Germans have developed a tendency to prefer the so-called first (youthful) style of great artists to their mature works. Could it be that they do not realize that their aesthetic criteria, generally speaking, are juvenile?
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: work  artist 
     
    In Germany, a certain artistic sense is fairly common, but the artist's sense is foreign there.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: artist 
     
    The Germans believe that, no matter where, they can get by on knowledge alone. Art, however, requires skill.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: believe  alone 
     
    The art of acting presupposes three phases: understanding a part, intuiting a part, and contemplating the essence of a part.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    When we interpret nature, we refer phenomena that are rarely entirely unintelligible back to something that actually exists, but is equally unintelligible.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: nature 
     
    Genius differs from talent not by the amount of original thoughts, but by making the latter fertile and by positioning them properly, in other words, by integrating everything into a whole, whereas talent produces only fragments, no matter how beautiful.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    You say I'm small? I certainly can relate, although it is a matter of perspective. The distance is deceptive, my friend, you standtoo low.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    Critics are reprimanded when they get sarcastic. How absurd! Is the torch of criticism supposed to shine without burning?
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: criticism 
     
    The office of the prince and that of the writer are defined and assigned as follows: the nobleman gives rank to the written work,the writer provides food for the prince.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: food 
     
    Do you think that it is possible to have a mere taste of commonness? Either one hates it or makes common cause with it.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: hate 
     
    Plato calls complacency the companion of loneliness.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    The sun of a prince's good graces resembles that in the skies in that it shines most kindly upon the blackest people.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: people  grace  sky 
     
    Art compares to nature like wine to the grape.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: nature 
     
    The way in which modern German poetry follows theories reminds me of pupils who, scolded by their teacher for their insubordination, justify themselves by saying that they invented new rules of propriety according to which they are quite well- behaved.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: saying  rules  poetry 
     
    The course of modern learning leads from humanism via nationalism to bestiality.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: learning 
     
    The military and the clergy cause us much annoyance; the clergy and the military, they empty our wallets and rob our intelligence.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    Do old people always live in the past? What yesterday was firm and true, may not be so today.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: people  live  true 
     
    The main reason why men and women make different aesthetic judgments is the fact that the latter, generally incapable of abstraction, only admire what meets their complete approval.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: men  women  facts 
     
    No matter which word it is, when I pronounce repeatedly, it ends up sounding utterly ridiculous and meaningless to me.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    I love the pride whose measure is its own eminence and not the insignificance of someone else.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: pride 
     
    Is it true that one travels in order to know mankind? It is easier to get to know other people at home, but abroad one gets to know oneself.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: travel  people  oneself  true 
     
    Genius unrefined resembles a flash of lightning, but wisdom is like the sun.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: wisdom  genius 
     
    If only it were God's will that printed and written materials have as much influence on the people as the princes and their censors fear! Considering the countless good books we have, the world would have changed for the better a long time ago.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: time  people  world  influence  god  book  censor 
     
    Man will return to his origins. Goethe has finally become as squiggly as the city of his fathers.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: men  father 
     
    Trying to conceal a crime is like burying a seed in the ground.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: crimes 
     
    Even with limited intelligence, knowing oneself is not as difficult as some say, but to act according to what one has realized about oneself in real life is as difficult as practicing anything else, compared to theory.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    North and West have always vied for power and territory, but their recent competition as to which one is more insidious of the twohas been more peaceful.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: power  competition 
     
    A pious woman's neighbor, a philanthropist's child, a liberal's servant-these three have a hard life.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: children  child 
     
    Compilers resemble gluttonous eaters who devour excessive quantities of healthy food just to excrete them as refuse.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: food  healthy  quantity 
     
    The courts used to be, fair and square, the avengers of secular crimes; but nowadays they demand respect even for the criminal.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: respect  criminal 
     
    Finally and long overdue, your people, oppressed and disgraced by hatred and maliciousness, have achieved justice: now you enjoy full citizen's rights, but you'll remain Jews nonetheless.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: people  hatred  right 
     
    He who takes people for smart pays an expensive lesson.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: smart  people  lessons 
     
    It is open to question whether the highly individualized characters we find in Shakespeare are perhaps not detrimental to the dramatic effect. The human being disappears to the same degree as the individual emerges.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    Disregard for the consequences and for right and wrong nowadays passes as energy.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    What a pathetic creature is man! His senses are awakened by the hope for the very thing whose consummation puts him to sleep.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: sleep  hope 
     
    In order to succeed in a profession, a person not only needs to have its good, but also its bad qualities. The former are the spirit, the latter is the body of the job.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: people  body  job  bad  spirit  profession  quality 
     
    The ramparts of Vienna are crumbling into the sand; no one wants to live so confined, however, the entire country is already surrounded by a Chinese wall!
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: live 
     
    An uprising would punish only the country, and that is out of the question. But there is yet another approach, the most effectiveform of resistance: contemptuous compliance.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: questions 
     
    Let the will embrace the highest ideals freely and with infinite strength, but let action first take hold of what lies closest.
    — Franz Grillparzer
    tags: action  lies  strength 
     
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