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100 Novalis's Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

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If the world is a precipitation of human nature, so to speak, then the divine world is a sublimation of the same. Both occur in one act. No precipitation without sublimation. What goes lost there in agility, is won here.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: If the world is a precipitation of human nature, so to speak, then the divine
Where children are, there is the golden age.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Where children are, there is the golden age.
And now I awaken, for I am both yours and mine.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: And now I awaken, for I am both yours and mine.
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.
Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: But even more heavenly than the flashingstars are those infinite eyes which the night opens
Man is lyrical, woman epic, marriage dramatic.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Man is lyrical, woman epic, marriage dramatic.
The best thing about the sciences is their philosophical ingredient, like life for an organic body. If one dephilosophizes the sciences, what remains left? Earth , air , and [[water.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: The best thing about the sciences is their philosophical ingredient, like life for an organic
Philosophy is really nostalgia, the desire to be at home.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Philosophy is really nostalgia, the desire to be at home.
Many things are too delicate to be thought; many more, to be spoken.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Many things are too delicate to be thought; many more, to be spoken.
The mysterious path goes inward. It is in us, and not anywhere else, where the eternity of the worlds, the past and the future are found.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: The mysterious path goes inward. It is in us, and not anywhere else, where the
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 Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: One makes a great error if one believes there are 'ancients.' Only now is antiquity
Aside I turn to the holy, unspeakable, mysterious Night. Afar lies the world
sunk in a deep grave
waste and lonely is its place. In the chords of the bosom blows a deep sadness. I am ready to sink away in drops of dew, and mingle with the ashes.
The distances of memory, the wishes of youth, the dreams of childhood, the brief joys and vain hopes of a whole long life, arise in gray garments, like an evening vapor after the sunset. In other regions the light has pitched its joyous tents. What if it should never return to its children, who wait for it with the faith of innocence?
Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Aside I turn to the holy, unspeakable, mysterious Night. Afar lies the world sunk in
Shakespeare said that art is a mirror held up to nature. And that's what it is. The nature is your nature, and all of these wonderful poetic images of mythology are referring to something in you. When your mind is trapped by the image out there so that you never make the reference to yourself, you have misread the image.
The inner world is the world of your requirements and your energies and your structure and your possibilities that meets the outer world. And the outer world is the field of your incarnation. That's where you are. You've got to keep both going. As Novalis said, 'The seat of the soul is there where the inner and outer worlds meet.
Joseph Campbell Novalis's Sayings By Joseph Campbell: Shakespeare said that art is a mirror held up to nature. And that's what it
Hypotheses are nets: only he who casts will catch.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Hypotheses are nets: only he who casts will catch.
There is but one temple in the universe, and that is the body of man.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: There is but one temple in the universe, and that is the body of man.
Many books are longer than they seem. They have indeed no end. The boredom that they cause is truly absolute and infinite.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Many books are longer than they seem. They have indeed no end. The boredom that
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 Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: One should, when overwhelmed by the shadow of a giant, move aside and see if
Christianity is the root of all democracy, the highest fact in the rights of men.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Christianity is the root of all democracy, the highest fact in the rights of men.
Character is perfectly educated will.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Character is perfectly educated will.
Flight from the communal spirit is death!Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Flight from the communal spirit is death!
Building worlds is not enough for the deeper urging mind; but a loving heart sates the striving spirit.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Building worlds is not enough for the deeper urging mind; but a loving heart sates
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 completeNovalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Life is the beginning of death. Life is for the sake of death. Death is
I stood before a mirror and said fearfully: "I want to see how I look in the mirror with my eyes closed."
These wrods of Richter's, when I first came upon them, made an indescribable commotion in me. As did the following, which seems almost like a corollary of the above - from Novalis:
The seat of the soul is where inner world and outer world touch each other. For nobody knows himself, if he is only himself and not also another one at the same time.
To take possession of one's transcendental I, to be the I of one's I, at the same time, as Novalis expressed it again.
Henry Miller Novalis's Sayings By Henry Miller: I stood before a mirror and said fearfully: "I want to see how I look
Learning is pleasurable but doing is the height of enjoyment.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Learning is pleasurable but doing is the height of enjoyment.
The process of history is combustion.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: The process of history is combustion.
A certain degree of solitude seems necessary to the full growth and spread of the highest mind; and therefore must a very extensive intercourse with men stifle many a holy germ, and scare away the gods, who shun the restless tumult of noisy companies and the discussion of petty interests.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: A certain degree of solitude seems necessary to the full growth and spread of the
The world must be romanticized. In this way the originary meaning may be found again.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: The world must be romanticized. In this way the originary meaning may be found again.
When you understand how to love one thing, then you also understand how to love everything.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: When you understand how to love one thing, then you also understand how to love
We are on a mission: we are called to the cultivation of the earth .Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: We are on a mission: we are called to the cultivation of the earth .
That which the external world perceives as quite motionless has the appearance of being quite at rest. However much it may change, in relation to the external world it always stays at rest. This principle governs all self-modifications. That is why the beautiful appears so much at rest. Everything beautiful is a self-illuminated, perfect individual.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: That which the external world perceives as quite motionless has the appearance of being quite
Prayer is to religion what thinking is to philosophy. To pray is to make religion.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Prayer is to religion what thinking is to philosophy. To pray is to make religion.
Only the most perfect human being can design the most perfect philosophy.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Only the most perfect human being can design the most perfect philosophy.
Everything that we experience is a communication. In fact, so is the world too a communication
the revelation of spirit. The time is gone when the spirit of God was comprehensible to us. The meaning of the world has been lost to us. We have seen only its letters. We have lost that which is appearing behind the appearance.
Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Everything that we experience is a communication. In fact, so is the world too a
Love works magic. It is the finalpurpose of the world story, the Amen of the universe.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Love works magic. It is the finalpurpose of the world story, the Amen of the
Knowledge is only one half. Faith is the other.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Knowledge is only one half. Faith is the other.
The normal present connects the past and the future through limitation. Contiguity results, crystallization by means of solidification. There also exists, however, a spiritual present that identifies past and future through dissolution, and this mixture is the element, the atmosphere of the poet.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: The normal present connects the past and the future through limitation. Contiguity results, crystallization by
In the earliest times of the discovery of the faculty of judgment, every new judgment was a find. The worth of this find rose, the more practical and fertile the judgment was. Verdicts which now seem to us very common then still demanded an unusual level of intellectual life. One had to bring genius and acuity together in order to find new relations using the new tool. Its application to the most characteristic, interesting, and general aspects of humanity necessarily aroused exceptional admiration and drew the attention of all good minds to itself. In this way those bodies of proverbial sayings came into being that have been valued so highly at all times and among all peoples. It would easily be possible for the discoveries of genius we make today to meet with a similar fate in the course of time. There could easily come a time when all that would be as common as moral precepts are now, and new, more sublime discoveries would occupy the restless spirit of men.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: In the earliest times of the discovery of the faculty of judgment, every new judgment
Novels arise out of the shortcoings of history.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Novels arise out of the shortcoings of history.
The brains -the thinking organs- are the world producers -nature's genitals.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: The brains -the thinking organs- are the world producers -nature's genitals.
To get to know a truth properly, one must polemicize it.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: To get to know a truth properly, one must polemicize it.
Our body is a moulded riverNovalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Our body is a moulded river
We never completely comprehend ourselves, but we can do far more than comprehend.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: We never completely comprehend ourselves, but we can do far more than comprehend.
I have found that fate is as liquid and elusive a word as love. Plato thought they were the same ... Novalis wrote that fate and soul are two names for the same principle.Liz Greene Novalis's Sayings By Liz Greene: I have found that fate is as liquid and elusive a word as love. Plato
The more narrow-minded a system is the more it will please worldly-wise people. Thus the system of the materialists, the doctrine of Helvetius and also Locke has recieved the most acclaim amongst his class. Thus Kant even now will find more followers than Fichte.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: The more narrow-minded a system is the more it will please worldly-wise people. Thus the
Perceptibility is a kind of attentiveness.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Perceptibility is a kind of attentiveness.
We are more closely connected to the invisible than to the visible.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: We are more closely connected to the invisible than to the visible.
Nothing is more indispensable to true religiosity than a mediator that links us with divinity.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Nothing is more indispensable to true religiosity than a mediator that links us with divinity.
Every stage of education begins with childhood. That is why the most educated person on earth so much resembles a child.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Every stage of education begins with childhood. That is why the most educated person on
The world must become romanticized, and in that way we find again its original meaning for us.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: The world must become romanticized, and in that way we find again its original meaning
Every individual is the center of a system of emanation.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Every individual is the center of a system of emanation.
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 Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet.
What delights, what pleasures does your life offer you that outweigh the raptures of death?Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: What delights, what pleasures does your life offer you that outweigh the raptures of death?
Mathematics is the Life of the Gods.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Mathematics is the Life of the Gods.
'Character, says Novalis, in one of his questionable aphorisms - character is destiny'.George Eliot Novalis's Sayings By George Eliot: 'Character, says Novalis, in one of his questionable aphorisms - character is destiny'.
Blood will stream over Europe until the nations become aware of the frightful madness which drives them in circles. And then, struck by celestial music and made gentle, they approach their former altars all together, hear about the works of peace, and hold a great celebration of peace with fervent tears before the smoking altars.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Blood will stream over Europe until the nations become aware of the frightful madness which
Accident is simply unforeseen order.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Accident is simply unforeseen order.
Only as far as a man is happily married to himself is he fit for married life and family life in general.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Only as far as a man is happily married to himself is he fit for
Every beloved object is the center point of a paradise.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Every beloved object is the center point of a paradise.
Philosophy can bake no bread; but she can procure for us God , Freedom , Immortality. Which, then, is more practical, Philosophy or Economy ?Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Philosophy can bake no bread; but she can procure for us God , Freedom ,
Sometimes with the most intense pain a paralysis of sensibility occurs. The soul disintegrates
hence the deadly frost
the free power of the mind
the shattering, ceaseless wit of this kind of despair. There is no inclination for anything any more
the person is alone, like a baleful power
as he has no connection with the rest of the world he consumes himself gradually
and in accordance with his own principle he is
misanthropic and misotheos.
Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Sometimes with the most intense pain a paralysis of sensibility occurs. The soul disintegrateshence the
Tools arm the man. One can well say that man is capable of bringing forth a world; he lacks only the necessary apparatus, the corresponding armature of his sensory tools. The beginning is there. Thus the principle of a warship lies in the idea of the shipbuilder, who is able to incorporate this thought by making himself into a gigantic machine, as it were, through a mass of men and appropriate tools and materials. Thus the idea of a moment often required monstrous organs, monstrous masses of materials, and man is therefore a potential, if not an actual creator.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Tools arm the man. One can well say that man is capable of bringing forth
Philosophy is really homesickness: the urge to be at home everywhere.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Philosophy is really homesickness: the urge to be at home everywhere.
The inner world is the world of your requirements and your energies and your structure and your possibilities that meets the outer world. And the outer world is the field of your incarnation. That's where you are. You've got to keep both going. As Novalis said, "The seat of the soul is there where the inner and outer worlds meet."
Joseph Campbell, 1991, The Power of Myth, pp.68-69
Joseph Campbell Novalis's Sayings By Joseph Campbell: The inner world is the world of your requirements and your energies and your structure
The world must be romanticized. Only in that way will one rediscover its original senses. Romanticization is nothing less than a qualitative raising of the power of a thing ... I romanticize something when I give the commonplace a higher meaning, the known the dignity of the unknown, and the finite the appearance of the infinite.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: The world must be romanticized. Only in that way will one rediscover its original senses.
Doing philosophy is only a threefold or double kind of waking
being awake
consciousness.
Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Doing philosophy is only a threefold or double kind of wakingbeing awakeconsciousness.
Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.
Philosophy is properly home-sickness; the wish to be everywhere at home.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Philosophy is properly home-sickness; the wish to be everywhere at home.
The ideal of morality has no more dangerous rival than the ideal of highest strength, of most powerful life. It is the maximum of the savage.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: The ideal of morality has no more dangerous rival than the ideal of highest strength,
Play is experimenting with chance.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Play is experimenting with chance.
Denotation by means of sounds and markings is a remarkable abstraction. Three letters designate God for me; several lines a million things. How easy becomes the manipulation of the universe here, how evident the concentration of the intellectual world! Language is the dynamics of the spiritual realm. One word of command moves armies; the word liberty entire nations.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Denotation by means of sounds and markings is a remarkable abstraction. Three letters designate God
The history of every individual man should be a Bible.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: The history of every individual man should be a Bible.
The badge of honesty is simplicity.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: The badge of honesty is simplicity.
There is but one temple in the world, and that is the body of man. Nothing is holier than this high form. Bending before men is a reverence done to this revelation in the flesh. We touch heaven when we lay our hand on a human body.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: There is but one temple in the world, and that is the body of man.
Our bodies are molded rivers.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Our bodies are molded rivers.
We dream of travels throughout the universe: is not the universe within us? We do not know the depths of our spirit. The mysterious path leads within. In us, or nowhere, lies eternity with its worlds, the past and the future.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: We dream of travels throughout the universe: is not the universe within us? We do
Holy sleep, do not so seldom bring happiness to the night's beloved in this earthly labour of the day.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Holy sleep, do not so seldom bring happiness to the night's beloved in this earthly
Fate and temperament are the names of a concept.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Fate and temperament are the names of a concept.
Genius in general is poetic. Where genius has been active it has been poetically active. The truly moral person is a poet.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Genius in general is poetic. Where genius has been active it has been poetically active.
In cheerful souls there is no wit. Wit shows a disturbance of the equipoise.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: In cheerful souls there is no wit. Wit shows a disturbance of the equipoise.
The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.
Oh draw at my heart, love,
Draw till I'm gone,
That, fallen asleep, I
Still may love on.
I feel the flow of
Death's youth-giving flood
To balsam and ether
Transform my blood
I live all the daytime
In faith and in might
And in holy fire
I die every night.
Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Oh draw at my heart, love,Draw till I'm gone,That, fallen asleep, IStill may love on.I
Morality must be the heart of our existence, if it is to be what it wants to be for us ... The highest form of philosophy is ethics. Thus all philosophy begins with "I am." The highest statement of cognition must be an expression of that fact which is the means and ground for all cognition, namely, the goal of the I.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Morality must be the heart of our existence, if it is to be what it
The Bible begins gloriously with Paradise, the symbol of youth, and ends with the everlasting kingdom, with the holy city. The history of every man should be a Bible.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: The Bible begins gloriously with Paradise, the symbol of youth, and ends with the everlasting
Darwin remarks that we are less dazzled by the light at waking, if we have been dreaming of visible objects. Happy are those who have here dreamt of a higher vision! They will the sooner be able to endure the glories of the world to come.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Darwin remarks that we are less dazzled by the light at waking, if we have
Nature is an aeolian harp, a musical instrument whose tones are the re-echo of higher strings within us.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Nature is an aeolian harp, a musical instrument whose tones are the re-echo of higher
The connection between romantic politics and aesthetics is plain in Schiller's and Novalis's concept of the aesthetic or poetic state.Frederick C. Beiser Novalis's Sayings By Frederick C. Beiser: The connection between romantic politics and aesthetics is plain in Schiller's and Novalis's concept of
When one begins to reflect on philosophy - then philosophy seems to us to be everything, like God, and love. It is a mystical, highly potent, penetrating idea - which ceaselessly drives us inward in all directions. The decision to do philosophy - to seek philosophy is the act of self-liberation - the thrust toward ourselves.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: When one begins to reflect on philosophy - then philosophy seems to us to be
We are close to waking when we dream that we are dreaming.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: We are close to waking when we dream that we are dreaming.
mad, were not my perception and reasonings so clear; and this state of mind appears to have brought with it superior knowledge on all subjects.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: mad, were not my perception and reasonings so clear; and this state of mind appears
Nature is a petrified magic city.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Nature is a petrified magic city.
Character is a wish for a perfect education.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Character is a wish for a perfect education.
Not only England, but every Englishman is an island.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Not only England, but every Englishman is an island.
Character is a perfectly educated will.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Character is a perfectly educated will.
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 Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: I show that I have understood a writer only when I can act in his
The region belonging to the pure intellect is straitened: the imagination labours to extend its territories, to give it room. She sweeps across the boarders, searching out new lands into which she may guide her plodding brother. The imagination is the light which redeems from the darkness for the eyes of the understanding. Novalis says, 'The imagination is the stuff of the intellect' -affords, that is, the material upon which the intellect works.George MacDonald Novalis's Sayings By George MacDonald: The region belonging to the pure intellect is straitened: the imagination labours to extend its
Apparently, we go forward.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Apparently, we go forward.
I often feel, and ever more deeply I realize, that fate and character are the same conception.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: I often feel, and ever more deeply I realize, that fate and character are the
Our life is no dream; but it ought to become one, and perhaps will.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Our life is no dream; but it ought to become one, and perhaps will.
Before abstraction everything is one, but one like chaos; after abstraction everything is united again, but this union is a free binding of autonomous, self-determined beings. Out of a mob a society has developed, chaos has been transformed into a manifold world.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Before abstraction everything is one, but one like chaos; after abstraction everything is united again,
I was still blind , but twinkling stars did dance Throughout my being's limitless expanse, Nothing had yet drawn close, only at distant stages I found myself, a mere suggestion sensed in past and future ages.Novalis Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: I was still blind , but twinkling stars did dance Throughout my being's limitless expanse,
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 Novalis's Sayings By Novalis: Man has his being in truthif he sacrifices truth he sacrifices himself. Whoever betrays truth