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Novalis (Writer)

There are ideal series of events which run parallel with theones. They rarely coincide.
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I was still , but twinklingdidthroughout my being's limitless expanse...
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Trueis the generative element of . Out of the annihilation of all existing institutions she raises her glorious head, as the new foundress of the .
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There are ideal series of events which run parallel with theones. They rarely coincide. Men and circumstances generally modify the ideal train of events, so that it seems imperfect, and its consequences are equally imperfect. Thus with the Reformation; instead of Protestantism came Lutheranism.
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andare theof a concept.
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I was still , but twinklingdidThroughout my being's limitless expanse, had yet drawn close, only at distant stagesI found myself, a mere suggestion sensed in past and future ages.
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Wahrhafte Anarchie ist das Zeugungselement der Religion. Aus der Vernichtung alles Positiven hebt sie ihr glorreiches Haupt als neue Weltstifterin empor...
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Blood will stream over Europe until the nations become aware of the frightful madness which drives them in circles. And then, struck by celestial music and made gentle, they approach their former altars all together, hear about the works of peace, and hold a great celebration of peace with fervent tears before the smoking altars.
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heals the wounds inflicted by .
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The world must be romanticized. In this way the originary meaning may be found again.
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To romanticize the world is to make us aware of the ,andof the world; it is tothe senses to see the ordinary as extraordinary, the familiar as strange, the mundane as sacred, the finite as infinite.
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To get to know aproperly, one must polemicize it.
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Morality must be the heart of our existence, if it is to be what it wants to be for us. ... The highest form of philosophy is ethics. Thus all philosophy begins with “I am.” The highest statement of cognition must be an expression of that fact which is the means and ground for all cognition, namely, the goal of the I.
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Only the most perfect human being can design the most perfect philosophy.
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Every stage of education begins with childhood. That is why the most educated person on earth so much resembles a child.
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Philosophy … bears witness to the deepest love of reflection, to absolute delight in wisdom.
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The poem of the understanding is philosophy.
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, the soil is poor, we must sow seeds in plenty for us to garner even modest ...
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We do not know the depths of our own . — The mysterious path leads within...
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Everywhere we seek , and always we find only things.
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Denotation by means of sounds and markings is a remarkable abstraction. Three letters designatefor me; several lines a million things. How easy becomes the manipulation of thehere, how evident the concentration of the intellectual world!is the dynamics of therealm. One word of command moves armies; the wordentire nations.
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places the for us either above or below or in reincarnation. Weof travels throughout the : is not the universe within us? We do not know the depths of our . The mysterious path leads within. In us, or nowhere, lieswith its , theand the future.
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We are on a mission: we are called to the cultivation of the .
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Self-alienation is the source of all degradation as well as, on the contrary, the basis of all true elevation. The first step will be a look inward, an isolating contemplation of our self. Whoever remains standing here proceeds only halfway. The second step must be an active look outward, an autonomous, determined observation of the outer world.
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Every beloved object is the center point of a paradise.
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Every beloved object is the centre of a Paradise.Every beloved object is the midpoint to paradise.
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The best thing about theis theiringredient, like life for an organic body. If one dephilosophizes the sciences, what remains left? , , and [[water.
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is more indispensable to true religiosity than a mediator that links us with divinity.
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Before abstraction everything is one, but one like ; after abstraction everything is united again, but thisis a free binding of autonomous, self-determined beings.
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Tools arm the man. One can well say that man is capable of bringing forth a world; he lacks only the necessary apparatus, the corresponding armature of his sensory tools. The beginning is there. Thus the principle of a warship lies in the idea of the shipbuilder, who is able to incorporate this thought by making himself into a gigantic machine, as it were, through a mass of men and appropriate tools and materials. Thus the idea of a moment often required monstrous organs, monstrous masses of materials, and man is therefore a potential, if not an actual creator.
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Building worlds is not enough for the deeper urging mind; but a loving heart sates the striving spirit.
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Before abstraction everything is one, but one like chaos; after abstraction everything is united again, but this union is a free binding of autonomous, self-determined beings. Out of a mob a society has developed, chaos has been transformed into a manifold world.
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Whereare, there is a golden age.
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If the world is a precipitation of human nature, so to speak, then the divine world is a sublimation of the same. Both occur in one act. No precipitation without sublimation. What goes lost there in agility, is won here.
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Where children are, there is a golden age.
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Many counterrevolutionary books have been written in favor of the Revolution. But Burke has written a revolutionary book against the Revolution.
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Most observers of the French Revolution, especially the clever and noble ones, have explained it as a life-threatening and contagious illness. They have remained standing with the symptoms and have interpreted these in manifold and contrary ways. Some have regarded it as a merely local ill. The most ingenious opponents have pressed for castration. They well noticed that this alleged illness is nothing other than the crisis of beginning puberty.
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The normal present connects the past and the future through limitation. Contiguity results, crystallization by means of solidification. There also exists, however, a spiritual present that identifies past and future through dissolution, and this mixture is the element, the atmosphere of the poet.
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The art of writing books is not yet invented. But it is at the point of being invented. Fragments of this nature are literary seeds. There may be many an infertile grain among them: nevertheless, if only some come up!
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These have been cited as being from Bl
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. It is the finalof thestory, the Amen of the .
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The seat of theis where the inner world and the outer world meet. Where they overlap, it is in every point of the overlap.
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Die Liebe wirkt magisch. Sie ist der Endzweck der Weltgeschichte, das Amen des Universums.
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Love is the final end of the world's history, the Amen of the universe.Love is the final purpose of world history — the Amen of the universe. Love works magically...Love causes magic...
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Reine Mathematik ist Religion.
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Man is aand hisare the planets.
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Die Lehrlinge zu Sais [also translated as The Apprentices at Sais, The Novices at Sais] mostly as quoted byin "Novalis" (1829)
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Men travel in manifold paths: whoso traces and compares these, will find strange Figures come to ; Figures which seem as if they belonged to that great Cipher-writing which one meets with everywhere...
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Whoso speaks truly is full of, and wonderfully related to genuinedoes hisappear to us, for it is a Concord from the Symphony of the .
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No explanation is required for Holy Writing. Whoso speaks truly is full of, and wonderfully related to genuinedoes hisappear to us, for it is a Concord from the Symphony of the .
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He watches in ourwhether thehas yet risen upon us, which is to make the Figure visible and intelligible
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Surely this voice meant our Teacher; for it is he that can collect the indications which lie scattered on all sides. A singular light kindles in his looks, when at length the high Rune lies before us, and he watches in our eyes whether the star has yet risen upon us, which is to make the Figure visible and intelligible.
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No one, of a surety, wanders farther from the mark than he who fancies to himself that he alreadythis marvellous Kingdom, and can, in few , fathom its constitution, and everywhere find the right path.
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I shall in no time forget that moment. We felt as if we had had in our souls a clear passing glimpse into this wondrous World.
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Long, unwearied intercourse,and, attention to faint tokens and indications; an inward poet-life, practised senses, a simple and devout spirit: these are the essential requisites of a trueof
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No one, of a surety, wanders farther from the mark than he who fancies to himself that he already understands this marvellous Kingdom, and can, in few words, fathom its constitution, and everywhere find the right path. To no one, who has broken off, and made himself an Island, will insight rise of itself, nor even without toilsome effort. Only to children, or childlike men, who know not what they do, can this happen. Long, unwearied intercourse, free and wise Contemplation, attention to faint tokens and indications; an inward poet-life, practised senses, a simple and devout spirit: these are the essential requisites of a true Friend of Nature; without these no one can attain his wish.
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We see a in him who restlessly traces and questions all natural things...
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Not wise does it seem to attempt comprehending and understanding a Human World without full perfected Humanity. No talent must sleep; and if all are not alike active, all must be alert, and not oppressed and enervated. As we see a future Painter in the boy who fills every wall with sketches and variedly adds colour to figure; so we see a future Philosopher in him who restlessly traces and questions all natural things, pays heed to all, brings together whatever is remarkable, and rejoices when he has become master and possessor of a new phenomenon, of a new power and piece of knowledge.
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is thatand only Experiment, in which all riddles of the most manifoldexplain themselves.
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Now to Some it appears not at all worth while to follow out the endless divisions of Nature; and moreover a dangerous undertaking, without fruit and issue. As we can never reach, say they, the absolutely smallest grain of material bodies, never find their simplest compartments, since all magnitude loses itself, forwards and backwards, in infinitude; so likewise is it with the species of bodies and powers; here too one comes on new species, new combinations, new appearances, even to infinitude. These seem only to stop, continue they, when our diligence tires; and so it is spending precious time with idle contemplations and tedious enumerations; and this becomes at last a true delirium, a real vertigo over the horrid Deep
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too remains, so far as we have yet come, ever a frightful Machine of : everywhere monstrous revolution, inexplicable vortices of movement; a kingdom of Devouring, of the maddest ; a baleful Immense: the few light-points disclose but a so much the more appalling , and terrors of all sorts must palsy every observer.
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Metaphysicalstand related to one another, likewithout .
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We had to abide by metaphysical , and logical Metaphysic, but neither of them was as it should be.
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Someone arrived there — who lifted the veil of the , at Sais. — But what did he see? He saw — wonder of wonders — himself.
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Statements of Novalis as quoted in the essay "Novalis" by
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There is but one temple in theand that is the Body of .
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can bake no bread; but she can procure for us , , Immortality. Which, then, is more practical, Philosophy or ?
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All Fabulous Tales are merelyof that home , which is everywhere and nowhere.
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Philosophie ist eigentlich Heimweh - Trieb
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We are near awakening when wethat we dream.
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We are near waking when we dream that we dream.We are near waking when we dream we are dreaming.
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The true philosophicalis(Selbsttodtung); this is the real beginning of all ; all requisites for being a Disciple of Philosophy point hither. This Act alone corresponds to all the conditions and characteristics of transcendental conduct.
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To become properly acquainted with a , we must first have disbelieved it, and disputed against it.
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Man is the higher Sense of our Planet; the star which connects it with the upper world; the eye which it turns towards Heaven.
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Life is a disease of the spirit; a working incited by Passion. Rest is peculiar to the spirit.
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Our life is no Dream, but it may and will perhaps become one.
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What is Nature? An encyclopedical, systematic Index or Plan of our Spirit. Why will we content us with the mere catalogue of our Treasures? Let us contemplate them ourselves, and in all ways elaborate and use them.
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If our Bodily Life is a burning, our Spiritual Life is a being burnt, a Combustion (or, is precisely the inverse the case?); Death, therefore, perhaps a Change of Capacity.
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Sleep is for the inhabitants of Planets only. In another time, Man will sleep and wake continually at once. The greater part of our Body, of our Humanity itself, yet sleeps a deep sleep.
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There is but one Temple in the ; and that is the Body of . Nothing is holier than this high form. Bending before men is a reverence done to this Revelation in the Flesh. We touch , when we lay our hand on a human body.
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Man is a ; his Senses are the Planets.
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Man has ever expressed some symbolical Philosophy of his Being in his Works and Conduct; he announces himself and his Gospel of ; he is theof Nature.
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Plants are Children of the ; we are Children of the
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Nature is an
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The first Man is the first Spirit-seer; all appears to him as Spirit. What are children, but first men? The fresh gaze of the Child is richer in significance than the forecasting of the most indubitable Seer.
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It depends only on the weakness of our organs and of our self-excitement (Selbstberuhrung), that we do not see ourselves in a Fairy-world. All Fabulous Tales (Mahrchen) are merely dreams of that home world, which is everywhere and nowhere. The higher powers in us, which one day as Genies, shall fulfil our will, are, for the present, Muses, which refresh us on our toilsome course with sweet remembrances.
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Man consists in Truth. If he exposes Truth, he exposes himself. If he betrays Truth, he betrays himself.
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Man consists in Truth. If he exposes Truth, he exposes himself. If he betrays Truth, he betrays himself. We speak not here of lies, but of acting against Conviction.
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A character is a completely fashioned will. (vollkommen gebildeter Wille).
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There is, properly speaking, no Misfortune in the world. Happiness and Misfortune stand in continual balance. Every Misfortune is, as it were, the obstruction of a stream, which, after overcoming this obstruction, but bursts through with the greater force.
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The ideal of Morality has no more dangerous rival than the ideal of highest Strength, of most powerful life; which also has been named (very falsely as it was there meant) the ideal of poetic greatness. It is the maximum of the savage; and has, in these times, gained, precisely among the greatest weaklings, very many proselytes. By this ideal, man becomes a Beast-Spirit, a Mixture; whose brutal wit has, for weaklings, a brutal power of attraction.
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The spirit of Poesy is the morning light, which makes the Statue of Memnon sound.
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The division of Philosopher and Poet is only apparent, and to the disadvantage of both. It is a sign of disease, and of a sickly constitution.
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The true Poet is all-knowing; he is an actual world in miniature.
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Theof a well-developedis far different from the Artfulness of the Understanding, of the merely reasoning… They are emblematic, have many meanings, are simple and inexhaustible, like products of ; and nothing more unsuitable could be said of them than that they are works of Art, in that narrow mechanical acceptation of the word.
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is an altogether practical Poet. He is in his works what the English are in their wares: highly simple, neat, convenient and durable. He has done in German Literature what Wedgwood did in English Manufacture. He has, like the English, a natural turn for Economy, and a noble Taste acquired by Understanding. Both these are very compatible, and have a near affinity in the chemical sense.
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may be called throughout prosaic and modern. The Romantic sinks to ruin, the Poesy of Nature, the Wonderful. The Book treats merely of common worldly things: Nature and Mysticism are altogether forgotten. It is a poetised civic and household History; the Marvellous is expressly treated therein as imagination and enthusiasm. Artistic Atheism is the spirit of the Book. ... It is properly a Candide, directed against Poetry: the Book is highly unpoetical in respect of spirit, poetical as the dress and body of it are.
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When we speak of the aim andobservable inworks, we must not forget that Art belongs to ; that it is, so to speak, self-viewing, self-imitating, self-fashioning Nature. The Art of a well-developedis far different from the Artfulness of the , of the merely reasoning mind. Shakspeare was no calculator, no learned thinker; he was a mighty, many-gifted , whose feelings and works, like products of Nature, bear the stamp of the same ; and in which the last and deepest of observers will still find new harmonies with the infinite structure of the Universe; concurrences with later ideas, affinities with the higher powers and senses of man. They are emblematic, have many meanings, are simple and inexhaustible, like products of Nature; and nothing more unsuitable could be said of them than that they are works of Art, in that narrow mechanical acceptation of the word.
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