32 Total Quotes

Franz Grillparzer Quotes

Every mistake has three stages: first, it is made, second, it is not admitted, and third, its claimed it didnt make any difference anyway.
Franz Grillparzer
#Mistake

The cradle of the future is the grave of the past.
Franz Grillparzer
#Future

Oh that wisdom was half as zealous for converts as ridicule.
Franz Grillparzer
#Ridicule

As youth lives in the future, so the adult lives in the past: No one rightly knows how to live in the present.
Franz Grillparzer
#Youth

Although your knowledge is weak and small, you need not be silent: since you cannot be judges be at least witnesses.
Franz Grillparzer
#Austrian Poet

Before passing different laws for different people, I'd relinquish myself unto you as your slave.
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#Austrian Poet

Drink and be thankful to the host! What seems insignificant when you have it, is important when you need it.
Franz Grillparzer
#Austrian Poet

Genius unrefined resembles a flash of lightning, but wisdom is like the sun.
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#Austrian Poet

I look around me and nowhere do I see a stamp of disapproval with which nature marked a woman's candid brow.
Franz Grillparzer
#Austrian Poet

Ideas are not thoughts; the thought respects the boundaries that the idea ignores thereby failing to realize itself.
Franz Grillparzer
#Austrian Poet

If someone were to think that trees are made to support the sky, they would all seem too short.
Franz Grillparzer
#Austrian Poet

If we notice a few errors in the work of a proven master, we may and even will often be correct; if we believe, however, that he is completely and utterly mistaken, we are in danger of missing his entire concept.
Franz Grillparzer
#Austrian Poet

It's the misfortune of German authors that not a single one of them dares to expose his true character. Everyone thinks that he has to be better than he is.
Franz Grillparzer
#Austrian Poet

Mankind is getting smarter every day. Actually, it only seems so. At least we are making progress. We're progressing, to be sure, ever more deeply into the forest.
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#Austrian Poet

No one will stop to help you when you are in need, but everyone forces opinions upon you that you do not require.
Franz Grillparzer
#Austrian Poet

No shortcomings of other people cause us to be more intolerant than those which are caricatures of our own.
Franz Grillparzer
#Austrian Poet

Poetry, it is often said and loudly so, is life's true mirror. But a monkey looking into a work of literature looks in vain for Socrates.
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#Austrian Poet

Progress will always have as its recourse to exaggerate what it cannot surpass.
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#Austrian Poet

Prose talks and poetry sings.
Franz Grillparzer
#Austrian Poet

Science and art, or by the same token, poetry and prose differ from one another like a journey and an excursion. The purpose of the journey is its goal, the purpose of an excursion is the process.
Franz Grillparzer
#Austrian Poet

The ideas of an age are most abundant where they are not crowded by original ideas.
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#Austrian Poet

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.
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#Austrian Poet

The uneducated person perceives only the individual phenomenon, the partly educated person the rule, and the educated person the exception.
Franz Grillparzer
#Austrian Poet

There shall be no slave in your home, male or female: Least of all the mother of your son.
Franz Grillparzer
#Austrian Poet

This searching and doubting and vacillating where nothing is clear but the arrogance of quest. I, too, had such noble ideas when I was still a boy.
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#Austrian Poet

Those who want to row on the ocean of human knowledge do not get far, and the storm drives those out of their course who set sail.
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#Austrian Poet

To declaim freedom verses seems like a poem within a poem; freedom requires guns, it requires arms, but no feet.
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#Austrian Poet

To test a modest man's modesty do not investigate if he ignores applause, find out if he abides criticism.
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#Austrian Poet

When the theater gates open, a mob pours inside, and it is the poet's task to turn it into an audience.
Franz Grillparzer
#Austrian Poet

Whoever places his trust into a system will soon be without a home. While you are building your third story, the two lower ones have already been dismantled.
Franz Grillparzer
#Austrian Poet