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A collection of quotes by Novalis on philosophy, poetry, healing, nostalgia, life, love, romance, artist, pain, inspiration, genius, morality and humanity.

51 Inspiring Quotes By Novalis That Will Lift Your Spirits

Quick Facts

Famous As
Philosopher & Poet

Born On
02 May 1772 AD

Died On
25 March 1801 AD

Born In
Oberwiederstedt, Electorate of Saxony, Germany

Died At Age
28

Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg, popularly known by his pen name Novalis, was a German philosopher, author, poet and mystic. He rose to prominence in the 18th century and is regarded as the most important figure in Early German Romanticism. Novalis was born in an aristocratic family, studied law and then went on to study geology at the Mining Academy of Freiburg. Although he had been trained in geology and law, he made his name as an author and philosopher. He maintained note books and wrote several philosophical books during his life, which came to be broadly associated with Early German Romanticism. Some of his noted works include ‘The Birth of Novalis’, ‘Hymns to the Nights’, ‘Classic and Romantic German Aesthetics’, ‘Fichte Studies’, ‘Novalis: Notes for Romantic Encyclopaedia’, ‘Novalis: Philosophical Writings’ and ‘The Novices of Sais’ etc. Many of Novalis’ work have been translated into English by scholars from all across the world and his works are housed in some of the leading libraries. Here is a collection of quotes and thoughts that have been extracted from the vast sea of writings, novels, books and poems by Novalis. Go through the profound sayings, thoughts and quotes from Novalis’s work and life.

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.

- Novalis

Philosophy is really nostalgia, the desire to be at home.

- Novalis

Life must not be a novel that is given to us, but one that is made by us.

- Novalis: Philosophical Writings, Novalis

Where are we really going? Always home.

- Novalis

In a work of art, chaos must shimmer through the veil of order.

- Novalis

A hero is one who knows how to hang on one minute longer.

- Novalis

Every disease is a musical problem; every cure is a musical solution.

- Novalis

The artist stands on the human being as a statue does on a pedestal.

- Novalis: Philosophical Writings, Novalis

One should, when overwhelmed by the shadow of a giant, move aside and see if the colossal shadow isn't merely that of a pygmy blocking out the sun.

- Novalis

We are close to waking when we dream that we are dreaming.

- Novalis: Philosophical Writings, Novalis

Our life is no dream, but it should and will perhaps become one.

- Novalis

Humanity is a comic role.

- Novalis: Philosophical Writings, Novalis

To philosophize means to make vivid.

- Novalis

Knowledge is only one half. Faith is the other.

- Novalis

One can not understand language because language cannot understand itself; does not want to understand

- Novalis

Philosophy is really homesickness: the urge to be at home everywhere.

- Novalis

Humanity is the higher meaning of our planet, the nerve that connects this part of it with the upper world, the eye it raises to heaven.

- Novalis: Philosophical Writings, Novalis

Play is experimenting with chance.

- Novalis

Genius in general is poetic. Where genius has been active it has been poetically active. The truly moral person is a poet.

- Novalis

Every individual is the center of a system of emanation.

- Novalis: Philosophical Writings, Novalis

There is an energy which springs from sickness and debility: it has a more powerful effect than the real, but, sadly, expires in an even greater infirmity.

- Novalis

Perceptibility is a kind of attentiveness.

- Novalis

But even more heavenly than the flashing stars are those infinite eyes which the night opens within us, and which see further even than the palest of those innumerable hosts.

- Hymns to the Night, Novalis

Wer Schmetterlinge lachen hrt, der wei wie Wolken schmecken.

- Novalis

Man has his being in truth--if he sacrifices truth he sacrifices himself. Whoever betrays truth betrays himself. It is not a question of lying--but of acting against one's conviction.

- Novalis

And now I awaken, for I am both yours and mine.

- Hymns to the Night, Novalis

Longing for Death Down into the womb of the earth, Out of the kingdom of light, Anger, pain, and a savage blow Signal the happy departure.

- Hymns to the Night, Novalis

Novels arise out of the shortcomings of history.

- Fragmente und Studien. Die Christenheit oder Europa, Novalis

Whoever sees life other than as a self-destroying illusion is himself still preoccupied with life. Life must not be a novel that is given to us, but one that is made by us.

- Novalis: Philosophical Writings, Novalis

The process of history is combustion.

- Novalis

Everything is seed.

- Novalis: Philosophical Writings, Novalis

What delights, what pleasures does your life offer you that outweigh the raptures of death?

- Hymns to the Night, Novalis

Up to now our thinking was either purely mechanical - discursive - atomistic - or purely intuitive - dynamic. Perhaps now the time for union has come?

- Novalis

Light had its allotted time; but timeless and infinite is the reign of the night − the duration of sleep eternal.

- Hymns to the Night, Novalis

I show that I have understood a writer only when I can act in his spirit, when, without constricting his individuality, I can translate him and change him in diverse ways.

- Novalis: Philosophical Writings, Novalis

Our body is a moulded river

- Novalis

Life is the beginning of death. Life is for the sake of death. Death is at once the end and the beginning—at once separation and closer union of the self. Through death the reduction is complete

- Novalis

Ohne die Trume wrden wir gewiss frher alt.

- Henry von Ofterdingen, Novalis

The most intimate community of all knowledge—the republic of learning is the high purpose of scholars.

- Novalis: Philosophical Writings, Novalis

Many books are longer than they seem. They have indeed no end. The boredom that they cause is truly absolute and infinite.

- Novalis: Philosophical Writings, Novalis

Apparently, we go forward.

- Pollen and Fragments: Selected Poetry and Prose, Novalis

I live all the daytime In faith and in might And in holy fire I die every night.

- Novalis

One makes a great error if one believes there are 'ancients.' Only now is antiquity starting to arise. It arises in the eyes and soul of the artist.

- Novalis

Holy sleep, do not so seldom bring happiness to the night’s beloved in this earthly labour of the day.

- Hymns to the Night, Novalis

True anarchy is the generative element of religion. Out of the annihilation of all existing institutions she raises her glorious head, as the new foundress of the world.

- Novalis

Flight from the communal spirit is death!

- Novalis

Doing philosophy is only a threefold or double kind of waking--being awake--consciousness.

- Novalis

Toda enfermedad puede llamarse enfermedad del alma.

- Novalis

Novels arise out of the shortcoings of history.

- Fragmente und Studien. Die Christenheit oder Europa, Novalis

The greatest of sorcerers would be the one who would cast a spell on himself to the degree of taking his own phantasmagoria for autonomous apparitions. Might that not be our case?

- Novalis

The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet. Where they overlap, it is in every point of the overlap.

- Novalis