Friedrich Von Schiller

10 Nov 1759 // 9 May 1805
Poet / Philosopher / Dramatist / Historian


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Youth covets; let not this covetousness seduce you
Votes should be weighed not counted
Utility is the great idol of the age, to which all powers must do service and all talents swear allegiance
To gain a crown by fighting is great, to reject it divine
They would need to be already wise, in order to love wisdom
There is room in the smallest cottage for a happy loving pair
There is no such thing as chance; and what seem to us merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny
The rich become richer and the poor become poorer is a cry heard throughout the whole civilized world
Revenge is barren of itself: it is the dreadful food it feeds on; its delight is murder, and its end is despair
Power is the most persuasive rhetoric
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."