Friedrich Schiller Quotes

Most popular Friedrich Schiller Quotes

To save all we must risk all.


Great souls endure in silence.

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Dare to be wrong, and to dream.
— Friedrich Schiller
Grace is a kind of movable beauty.


Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.
— Friedrich Schiller
The universe is one of God's thoughts.


Peace is rarely denied to the peaceful.
— Friedrich Schiller


Every true genius is bound to be naive.
— Friedrich Schiller

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Whatever is not forbidden is permitted.
With folly even the gods contend in vain.


The May of life blooms once, and not again.
— Friedrich Schiller


Deep meaning oft lies hid in childish play.


One can advise comfortably from a safe port.


Time flies on restless pinions—constant never.
— Friedrich Schiller


A brave man risks his life but not his conscience.

risk-taking conscience

Against stupidity the gods
Themselves contend in vain.


Opposition inflames the enthusiast, never converts him.
— Friedrich Schiller
Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain.
— Friedrich Schiller


In what they leave unsaid I discover a master of style.
— Friedrich Schiller
The joke loses everything when the joker laughs himself.


I have enjoyed the happiness of the world; I have loved.
— Friedrich Schiller


Opposition always enflames the enthusiast, never converts him.


He who has done his best for his own time has lived for all times.

doing your best

Lose not yourself in a far off time, seize the moment that is thine.
— Friedrich Schiller

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The jest loses its point when one who makes it is the first to laugh.
— Friedrich Schiller
Deeper meaning resides in the fairytales told to me in my childhood than in any truth that is taught in life.
Revenge is barren.  Of itself it makes
The dreadful food it feeds on; its delight
Is murder—its satiety despair.


It is criminal to steal a purse, daring to steal a fortune, a mark of greatness to steal a crown. The blame diminishes as the guilt increases.
— Friedrich Schiller


A gracious sovereign throws his portals wide,
Admitting every guest, excluding none;
As freely as the firmament the world,
So mercy must encircle friend and foe.