Novalis was born 2 May 1772, and died 25 March 1801
- Learning is pleasurable but doing is the height of enjoyment.
- Life must not be a novel that is given to us, but one that is made by us.
- No one will ever achieve excellence as an artist who cannot depict anything other than his own experiences, his favourite objects, who cannot bring himself to study assiduously even a quite strange object, which does not interest him at all, and to depict it at leisure. An artist must be able and willing to depict everything.
- Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.
- Many books are longer than they seem. They have indeed no end. The boredom that they cause is truly absolute and infinite.
- Philosophy is really homesickness: the urge to be at home everywhere.
- The letter is only an aid to philosophical communication, the actual essence of which consists in arousing a particular train of thought. Someone speaking thinks and produces—someone listening reflects—and reproduces. Words are a deceptive medium for what is already though—unreliable vehicles of a particular, specific stimulus.
- A hero is one who knows how to hang on one minute longer.
- Humanity is a comic role.
Novalis was the pseudonym of Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg, a poet, author, and philosopher of early German Romanticism.
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