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A collection of quotations by Friedrich Schiller on sleeping, inspiration, save, laughter, life, drama, emotion, love, poetry, philosophy, romance and art.

46 Famous Quotes By Friedrich Schiller, The Renowned German Playwright

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Famous As
Poet, Playwright, Historian & Philosopher

Born On

Died On
May 9, 1805

Born In
Marbach am Neckar

Died At Age

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller was a German playwright, poet, physician, philosopher and historian who rose to prominence in the 18th century and is associated with the Weimer Classicism movement. He studied medicine at the military academy,  Karlsschule Stuttgart and it was during his time at the academy that he first started reading on the theories of the great thinkers like Goethe and Rousseau. However, it was as a playwright that he became famous. He shot to fame with his play ‘The Robbers’ that portrayed the society of that time. His other noted plays include ‘Don Carlos’, ‘William Tell’, ‘Maria Stuart’ and ‘The Wallenstein Trilogy’ among others. He was also an accomplished poet and some of his well known poems include ‘Nanie’, ‘The Hostage’, ‘The Diver’, ‘Polycrates’ Ring’, ‘The Glove’, ‘Ode to Joy’ and ‘The Veiled Statues of Sais’ among others. Needless to say Schiller was a multi-faceted talent who shone in a variety of fields during a relatively short career. We have sorted Friedrich Schiller’s quotes from his notable books, poems, plays and writings. Read on to explore a compilation of some of the best known quotes by Friedrich Schiller, covering various aspects of life. These quotes by Friedrich Schiller would surely leave a lasting impression on your mind and leave you inspired.

Did you think the lion was sleeping because he didn't roar?

- Die Verschwörung des Fiesco zu Genua, Friedrich Schiller

To save all we must risk all.

- Fiesco; or, Friedrich Schiller

The joke loses everything when the joker laughs himself.

- Die Verschwörung des Fiesco zu Genua, Friedrich Schiller

Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.

- Friedrich Schiller

We shall be free, just as our fathers were.

- Wilhelm Tell, Friedrich Schiller

Every true genius is bound to be naive.

- Friedrich Schiller

I feel an army in my fist.

- Die Räuber, Friedrich Schiller

Be noble minded! Our own heart, and not other men's opinions of us, forms our true honor.

- Friedrich Schiller

Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult things easily.

- Friedrich Schiller

Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish play.

- Friedrich Schiller

When the wine goes in, strange things come out.

- Friedrich Schiller

If you cannot please everyone with your deeds and your art, please a few. To please many is bad.

- Friedrich Schiller

It is not flesh and blood, but heart which makes us fathers and sons.

- Friedrich Schiller

The iron chain and the silken cord are both equally bonds.

- Friedrich Schiller

The voice of the majority is no proof of justice

- Maria Stuart, Friedrich Schiller

Man only plays when he is in the fullest sense of the word a human being, and he is only fully a human being when he plays

- Friedrich Schiller

Live with your century, but do not be its creature.

- Friedrich Schiller

Our age is enlightened... How is it, then, that we still remain barbarians?

- Friedrich Schiller

On the mountains there is freedom! The world is perfect everywhere, save where man comes with his torment.

- Die Braut von Messina, Friedrich Schiller

Only through Beauty's morning-gate, dost thou penetrate the land of knowledge.

- Friedrich Schiller

Mit der Dummheit kmpfen Gtter selbst vergebens.

- Die Jungfrau von Orleans, Friedrich Schiller

God helps the brave

- Friedrich Schiller

But how is the artist to protect himself against the corruption of the age which besets him on all sides?

- Friedrich Schiller

Truth exists for the wise, beauty for the feeling heart.

- Friedrich Schiller

The concrete life of the individual is destroyed in order that the abstract idea of the whole may drag out its sorry existence.

- Friedrich Schiller

Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.

- Friedrich Schiller

All powerful souls have kindred with each other.

- Friedrich Schiller

Man, one may say, was never in such a completely animal condition; but he has, on the other hand, never escaped from it.

- Friedrich Schiller

Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.

- Friedrich Schiller

The dignity of mankind is in your hands; protect it! It sinks with you! With you it will ascend.

- Friedrich Schiller

Liebe Kennt der allein, der ohne Hoffnung liebt.

- Friedrich Schiller

The man of courage thinks not of himself. Help the oppressed and put thy trust in God.

- Wilhelm Tell, Friedrich Schiller

Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told me in my childhood than any truth that is taught in life.

- Friedrich Schiller

While the gods remained more human, the men were more divine.

- Friedrich Schiller

Der Mensch braucht wenig, und an Leben reich Ist die Natur.

- Friedrich Schiller

When the mechanic has to mend a watch he lets the wheels run out; but the living watchworks of the state have to be repaired while they act, and a wheel has to be exchanged for another during its revolutions.

- On the Aesthetic Education of Man, Friedrich Schiller

Mankind is made great or little by its own will.

- Friedrich Schiller

Who reflects too much will accomplish little.

- Friedrich Schiller

Let not thy heart cling to the things which for so short a time deck out thy life. Let him who has, learn to lose, and him who is happy, familiarise himself with what may give pain.

- The Bride of Messina, Friedrich Schiller

World history is the world's court

- Friedrich Schiller

Man is never so authentically himself than when at play.

- On the Aesthetic Education of Man, Friedrich Schiller

Death is not too high a price for this—This taste of heaven—

- Don Carlos, Friedrich Schiller

Disappointments are to the soul what a thunderstorm is to the air.

- Friedrich Schiller

Gegen die Dummheit kmpfen selbst die Gtter vergebens ("Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain")

- Friedrich Schiller

There is no such thing as chance; and what seems to us merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny.

- Friedrich Schiller

Dem Mimen flicht die Nachwelt keine Krnze.

- Wallenstein II: Wallensteins Tod, Friedrich Schiller