Versatility of education can be found in our best poetry, but the depth of mankind should be found in the philosopher.
The poetry of this one is called philosophical, of that one philological, of a third rhetorical, and so on. Which is then the poetic poetry?
Religion must completely encircle the spirit of ethical man like his element, and this luminous chaos of divine thoughts and feelings is called enthusiasm.
He who has religion will speak poetry. But philosophy is the tool with which to seek and discover religion.
One can only become a philosopher, but not be one. As one believes he is a philosopher, he stops being one.
Kant introduced the concept of the negative into philosophy. Would it not also be worthwhile to try to introduce the concept of the positive into philosophy?
Wit is the appearance, the external flash of imagination. Thus its divinity, and the witty character of mysticism.
Religion can emerge in all forms of feeling: here wild anger, there the sweetest pain; here consuming hatred, there the childlike smile of serene humility.
It is as deadly for a mind to have a system as to have none. Therefore it will have to decide to combine both.
The German national character is a favorite subject of character experts, probably because the less mature a nation, the more she is an object of criticism and not of history.
The difference between religion and morality lies simply in the classical division of things into the divine and the human, if one only interprets this correctly.
Novels are the Socratic dialogues of our time. Practical wisdom fled from school wisdom into this liberal form.
There is no self-knowledge but an historical one. No one knows what he himself is who does not know his fellow men, especially the most prominent one of the community, the master’s master, the genius of the age.
Since philosophy now criticizes everything it comes across, a critique of philosophy would be nothing less than a just reprisal.
Nothing is more witty and grotesque than ancient mythology and Christianity; that is because they are so mystical.
Nothing truly convincing – which would possess thoroughness, vigor, and skill – has been written against the ancients as yet; especially not against their poetry.
A classical work doesn’t ever have to be understood entirely. But those who are educated and who are still educating themselves must desire to learn more and more from it.
Duty is for Kant the One and All. Out of the duty of gratitude, he claims, one has to defend and esteem the ancients; and only out of duty has he become a great man.
In the world of language, or in other words in the world of art and liberal education, religion necessarily appears as mythology or as Bible.
A priest is he who lives solely in the realm of the invisible, for whom all that is visible has only the truth of an allegory.
There are writers in Germany who drink the Absolute like water; and there are books in which even the dogs make references to the Infinite.
Religion is not only a part of education, an element of humanity, but the center of everything else, always the first and the ultimate, the absolutely original.
Every good man progressively becomes God. To become God, to be man, and to educate oneself, are expressions that are synonymous.