Franz Grillparzer

Found 16 thoughts of Franz Grillparzer

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.

Franz Grillparzer

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

Franz Grillparzer

The uneducated person perceives only the individual phenomenon, the partly educated person the rule, and the educated person the exception.

Franz Grillparzer

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.

Franz Grillparzer

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

Franz Grillparzer

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

Franz Grillparzer

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

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

Franz Grillparzer

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

Franz Grillparzer

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

Franz Grillparzer

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

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.

Franz Grillparzer

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

Franz Grillparzer

Ideas are not thoughts; the thought respects the boundaries that the idea ignores thereby failing to realize itself.

Franz Grillparzer

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

Franz Grillparzer

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.

Franz Grillparzer