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Quotes of the day: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Published Tuesday, August 26, 2014 @ 8:55 PM EDT
Aug 26 2014

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (August 27, 1770 - November 14, 1831) was a German philosopher, and a major figure in German Idealism. His historicist and idealist account of reality revolutionized European philosophy and was an important precursor to Continental philosophy and Marxism. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Amid the pressure of great events, a general principle gives no help.

Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights.

It is because the method of physics does not satisfy the comprehension that we have to go on further.

It is easier to discover a deficiency in individuals, in states, and in providence, than to see their real import or value.

Life has a value only when it has something valuable as its object.

Reading the morning newspaper is the realist's morning prayer.

The Few assume to be the deputies, but they are often only the despoilers of the Many.

The force of mind is only as great as its expression; its depth only as deep as its power to expand and lose itself.

The heart is everywhere, and each part of the organism is only the specialized force of the heart itself.

The History of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of Freedom...

The true is the whole.

To be aware of limitations is already to be beyond them.

To be independent of public opinion is the first formal condition of achieving anything great or rational whether in life or in science.

We may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the World has been accomplished without passion.

What experience and history teach is this- that nations and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted upon any lessons they might have drawn from it.

What is reasonable is real; that which is real is reasonable.


(August 27 is also the birthday of Lyndon B. Johnson.)

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