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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Poet
Nation: Austrian
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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.

Tags: Men, Why, Women

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.

Tags: Home, Trust, While

Without a notion of the transcendental, human beings would, indeed, be animals; however, only fools can be convinced of it, and only degenerates need such a conviction.

Tags: Fools, However, Human

You even called me stupid in your verse, and I'm almost agreeing, for where stupidity is involved, you are quite an expert, friend.

Tags: Friend, Stupid, Stupidity

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

Tags: Cannot, Knowledge, Small

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

Tags: Educated, Individual, Rule

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

Tags: Seems, Thankful

No shortcomings of other people cause us to be more intolerant than those which are caricatures of our own.

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

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

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

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

Tags: Idea, Thought, Thoughts

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

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

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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.

Tags: Life, Poetry, Work

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

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Prose talks and poetry sings.

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

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

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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.

Tags: Arrogance, Clear, Ideas

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.

Tags: Human, Knowledge, Storm

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

Tags: Freedom, Seems, Within

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

Tags: Criticism, Modesty, Test

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

Tags: Audience, Open, Turn

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.

Tags: May, Often, Work

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.

Tags: Character, Single, True
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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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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.

Tags: Art, Poetry, Science