Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.
The three great ends which a statesman ought to propose to himself in the government of a nation, are one, Security to possessors; two, facility to acquirers; and three, hope to all.
Irony is a clear consciousness of an eternal agility, of the infinitely abundant chaos.
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.
No one does anything from a single motive.
I often feel, and ever more deeply I realize, that fate and character are the same conception.
To become properly acquainted with a truth, we must first have disbelieved it, and disputed against it.
Form your life humanly, and you have done enough: but you will never reach the height of art and the depth of science without something divine.
How many authors are there among writers? Author means originator.
General principles… are to the facts as the root and sap of a tree are to its leaves.