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Seite 237 - At first we are astonished to find coldness, and even something like stiffness, in the author of Werter ; but when we can prevail on him to be perfectly at his ease, the liveliness of his imagination makes the restraint which we first felt entirely disappear. He is a man of universal mind, and impartial because universal ; for there is no indifference in his impartiality : his is a double existence, a double degree of strength, a double light, which, on all subjects, enlightens at once both sides...
Seite 272 - Troubadours; that which owes its birth to the union of chivalry and Christianity. If we do not admit that the empire of literature has been divided between paganism and Christianity, the north and the south, antiquity and the middle ages, chivalry and the institutions of Greece and Rome, we shall never succeed in forming a philosophical judgment of ancient and of modern taste.
Seite 6 - I do not conceal from myself that I am about to expose, in literature as well as in philosophy, opinions foreign to those which reign in France ; but, let them appear just or not, let them be adopted or combated, they, will at all events yield scope for reflection. * We need not, I imagine, wish to encircle the " frontiers of literary France with the great " wall of China, to prevent all exterior ideas
Seite 148 - ... of the child should accustom itself to the efforts of study, as our soul accustoms itself to suffering. It is labour which leads to the perfection of our earlier, as grief to that of our later age: it is to be wished, no doubt, that our parents, like our destiny, may not too much abuse this double secret; but there is nothing important in any stage of life but that which acts upon the very central point of existence, and we are too apt to consider the moral being in detail. You may teach your...
Seite 245 - French arms-^-vivacity and pleasantry ; but in what Schiller said, I soon discovered so many ideas through the impediment of his words ; I was so struck with that simplicity of character, which led a man of genius to engage himself thus in a contest where speech was wanting to express his...
Seite 17 - CHIVALRY- is to modern, what the heroic was to ancient times ; all the noble recollections of the nations of Europe are attached to it. At all the great periods of history, men have embraced some sort of enthusiastic sentiment, as a universal principle of action.
Seite 235 - Nothing disturbs the strength of his mind, and even the defects of his character, ill-humour, embarrassment, constraint, pass like clouds round the foot of that mountain on the summit of which his genius is placed. What is related of the conversation of Diderot may give some idea of that of Goethe; but, if we may judge by the writings of Diderot, the distance between these two men, must be infinite. Diderot is the slave of his genius; Goethe ever holds the powers of his mind in subjection : Diderot...
Seite 277 - The literature of the ancients is among the moderns a transplanted literature, romantic or chivalrous literature is indigenous among us and has been produced by our religion and our institutions.

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