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46 Famous Quotes By Friedrich Schiller, The Renowned German Playwright

Famous As: Playwright and Poet Known for His Works 'The Robbers', 'Don Carlos' and 'Mary Stuart'
Born On: November 10, 1759
Died On: May 9, 1805
Born In: Marbach am Neckar, Germany
Died At Age: 45
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?

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

Friedrich Schiller
To save all we must risk all.

To save all we must risk all.

Friedrich Schiller
The joke loses everything when the joker laughs himself.

The joke loses everything when the joker laughs himself.

Friedrich Schiller
Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.

Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.

Friedrich Schiller
We shall be free, just as our fathers were.

We shall be free, just as our fathers were.

Friedrich Schiller
Every true genius is bound to be naive.

Every true genius is bound to be naive.

Friedrich Schiller
I feel an army in my fist.

I feel an army in my fist.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Friedrich Schiller
When the wine goes in, strange things come out.

When the wine goes in, strange things come out.

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

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

Friedrich Schiller
The voice of the majority is no proof of justice

The voice of the majority is no proof of justice

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Friedrich Schiller
God helps the brave

God helps the brave

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

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

Friedrich Schiller
Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.

Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.

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.

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

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

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

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

Friedrich Schiller
All powerful souls have kindred with each other.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Friedrich Schiller
Mankind is made great or little by its own will.

Mankind is made great or little by its own will.

Friedrich Schiller
Who reflects too much will accomplish little.

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.

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.

Friedrich Schiller
World history is the world's court

World history is the world's court

Friedrich Schiller
Man is never so authentically himself than when at play.

Man is never so authentically himself than when at play.

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

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

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

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

Friedrich Schiller
Gegen die Dummheit kmpfen selbst die Gtter vergebens (

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.

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.

Dem Mimen flicht die Nachwelt keine Krnze.

Friedrich Schiller