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“Nothing great in the world was accomplished without passion.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
“We learn from history that we do not learn from history.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
“To be independent of public opinion is the first formal condition of achieving anything great.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
“Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
“What experience and history teaches us is that people and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
“Truth is found neither in the thesis nor the antithesis, but in an emergent synthesis which reconciles the two.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
“Only one man ever understood me, and he didn't understand me.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
“Education is the art of making man ethical”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
“It is solely by risking life that freedom is obtained; . . . the individual who has not staked his or her life may, no doubt, be recognized as a Person; but he or she has not attained the truth of this recognition as an independent self-consciousness.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit
“The valor that struggles is better than the weakness that endures.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
“...this is love. I have my self-consciousness not in myself but in the other. I am satisfied and have peace with myself only in this other and I AM only because I have peace with myself; if I did not have it then I would be a contradiction that falls to pieces. This other, because it likewise exists outside itself, has its self-consciousness only in me; and both the other and I are only this consciousness of being-outside-ourselves and of our identity; we are only this intuition, feeling, and knowledge of our unity. This is love, and without knowing that love is both a distinguishing and the sublation of this distinction, one speaks emptily of it.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
“When liberty is mentioned, we must always be careful to observe whether it is not really the assertion of private interests which is thereby designated.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
“Evil resides in the very gaze which perceives Evil all around itself.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
“People who are too fastidious towards the finite never reach actuality, but linger in abstraction, and their light dies away.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
“Too fair to worship, too divine to love.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
“The ignorant man is not free, because what confronts him is an alien world, something outside him and in the offing, on which he depends, without his having made this foreign world for himself and therefore without being at home in it by himself as in something his own. The impulse of curiosity, the pressure for knowledge, from the lowest level up to the highest rung of philosophical insight arises only from the struggle to cancel this situation of unfreedom and to make the world one's own in one's ideas and thought.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
“The bud disappears when the blossom breaks through, and we might say that the former is refuted by the latter; in the same way when the fruit comes, the blossom may be explained to be a false form of the plant’s existence, for the fruit appears as its true nature in place of the blossom. The ceaseless activity of their own inherent nature makes these stages moments of an organic unity, where they not merely do not contradict one another, but where one is as necessary as the other; and constitutes thereby the life of the whole.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit
“America is therefore the land of the future, where, in the ages that lie before us, the burden of the World's History shall reveal itself.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
“If we go on to cast a look at the fate of world historical personalities... we shall find it to have been no happy one. They attained no calm enjoyment; their whole life was labor and trouble; their whole nature was nothing but their master passion. When their object is attained they fall off like empty hulls from the kernel. They die early, like Alexander; they are murdered, like Casear; transported to St. Helena, like Napoleon.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, The Philosophy of History
“The state of man's mind, or the elementary phase of mind which he so far possesses, conforms precisely to the state of the world as he so far views it”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
“Once the state has been founded, there can no longer be any heroes. They come on the scene only in uncivilized conditions.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
“We may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
“History in general is therefore the development of Spirit in Time, as Nature is the development of the Idea is Space.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
“An idea is always a generalization, and generalization is a property of thinking. To generalize means to think”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
“If we are in a general way permitted to regard human activity in the realm of the beautiful as a liberation of the soul, as a release from constraint and restriction, in short to consider that art does actually alleviate the most overpowering and tragic catastrophes by means of the creations it offers to our contemplation and enjoyment, it is the art of music which conducts us to the final summit of that ascent to freedom.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, On the Arts: Selections from G.W.F. Hegel's Aesthetics or the Philosophy of Fine Art
“The many ... whom one chooses to call the people, are indeed a collection, but only as a multitude, a formless mass, whose movement and action would be elemental, irrational, savage, and terrible."

"Public opinion deserves ... to be esteemed as much as to be despised; to be despised for its concrete consciousness and expression, to be esteemed for its essential fundamental principle, which only shines, more or less dimly, through its concrete expression."

"The definition of the freedom of the press as freedom to say and write what one pleases, is parallel to the one of freedom in general, viz., as freedom to do what one pleases. Such a view belongs to the uneducated crudity and superficiality of naïve thinking."

"In public opinion all is false and true, but to discover the truth in it is the business of the great man. The great man of his time is he who expresses the will and the meaning of that time, and then brings it to completion; he acts according to the inner spirit and essence of his time, which he realizes. And he who does not understand how to despise public opinion, as it makes itself heard here and there, will never accomplish anything great."

"The laws of morality are not accidental, but are essentially Rational. It is the very object of the State that what is essential in the practical activity of men, and in their dispositions, should be duly recognized; that it should have a manifest existence, and maintain its position. It is the absolute interest of Reason that this moral Whole should exist; and herein lies the justification and merit of heroes who have founded states - however rude these may have been."

"Such are all great historical men, whose own particular aims involve those large issues which are the will of the World Spirit. ... World historical men - the Heroes of an epoch - must be recognized as its clear-sighted ones; their deeds, their words are the best of that time. Great men have formed purposes to satisfy themselves, not others."

"A World-Historical individual is devoted to the One Aim, regardless of all else. It is even possible that such men may treat other great, even sacred interests inconsiderately; conduct which is indeed obnoxious to moral reprehension. But so mighty a form must trample down many an innocent flower or crush to pieces many an object in its path.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
“The owl of Minerva begins its flight only with the coming of the dusk.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Elements of the Philosophy of Right
“World history is a court of judgment”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
“Everybody allows that to know any other science you must have first studied it, and that you can only claim to express a judgment upon it in virtue of such knowledge. Everybody allows that to make a shoe you must have learned and practised the craft of the shoemaker, though every man has a model in his own foot, and possesses in his hands the natural endowments for the operations required. For philosophy alone, it seems to be imagined, such study, care, and application are not in the least requisite”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
“The length of the journey has to be borne with, for every moment is necessary.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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