Inspirational Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Quotes

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (August 27, 1770 – November 14, 1831) was a German philosopher. This post features some Inspirational Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Quotes.

Hegel was an important figure of German idealism. He achieved wide renown in his day and, while primarily influential within the continental tradition of philosophy, has become increasingly influential in the analytic tradition as well. Although he remains a divisive figure, his canonical stature within Western philosophy is universally recognized.

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Quotes
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Quotes

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Quotes

“To be aware of limitations is already to be beyond them.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“Nothing great in the world was accomplished without passion.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“Not curiosity, not vanity, not the consideration of expediency, not duty and conscientiousness, but an unquenchable, unhappy thirst that brooks no compromise leads us to truth.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“What experience and history teaches us is that people and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“The valor that struggles is better than the weakness that endures.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“The force of mind is only as great as its expression; its depth only as deep as its power to expand and lose itself.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel quotes

“An idea is always a generalization, and generalization is a property of thinking. To generalize means to think.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“We learn from history that we do not learn from history.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“Truth is found neither in the thesis nor the antithesis, but in an emergent synthesis which reconciles the two.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“To be independent of public opinion is the first formal condition of achieving anything great.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“When liberty is mentioned, we must always be careful to observe whether it is not really the assertion of private interests which is thereby designated.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“Only one man ever understood me, and he didn’t understand me.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“Education is the art of making man ethical.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel quotes

“Evil resides in the very gaze which perceives Evil all around itself.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“The great thing however is, in the show of the temporal and the transient to recognize the substance which is immanent and the eternal which is present.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“The heart is everywhere, and each part of the organism is only the specialized force of the heart itself.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“Art does not simply reveal God: it is one of the ways in which God reveals, and thus actualizes, himself.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“A philosophy without heart and a faith without intellect are abstractions from the true life of knowledge and faith.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“Amid the pressure of great events, a general principle gives no help.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“History in general is therefore the development of Spirit in Time, as Nature is the development of the Idea is Space.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“The length of the journey has to be borne with, for every moment is necessary.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“It is solely by risking life that freedom is obtained; the individual who has not staked his or her life may, no doubt, be recognized as a Person; but he or she has not attained the truth of this recognition as an independent self-consciousness.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“To him who looks upon the world rationally, the world in its turn presents a rational aspect. The relation is mutual.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“People who are too fastidious towards the finite never reach actuality, but linger in abstraction, and their light dies away.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel quotes

“Thinking is, indeed, essentially the negation of that which is before us.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“The state of man’s mind, or the elementary phase of mind which he so far possesses, conforms precisely to the state of the world as he so far views it.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“It is easier to discover a deficiency in individuals, in states, and in Providence, than to see their real import and value.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“The human spirit in its inmost nature is not something so divided up that two contradictory elements might subsist together in it. If discord has arisen between intellectual insight and religion, and is not overcome in knowledge, it leads to despair.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“The objects of philosophy, it is true, are upon the whole the same as those of religion. In both the object is Truth, in that supreme sense in which God and God only is the Truth.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“Once the state has been founded, there can no longer be any heroes. They come on the scene only in uncivilized conditions.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“An idea is always a generalization, and generalization is a property of thinking. To generalize means to think.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“Reading the morning newspaper is the realist’s morning prayer. One orients one’s attitude toward the world either by God or by what the world is. The former gives as much security as the latter, in that one knows how one stands.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“Truth in philosophy means that concept and external reality correspond.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“If we are in a general way permitted to regard human activity in the realm of the beautiful as a liberation of the soul, as a release from constraint and restriction, in short to consider that art does actually alleviate the most overpowering and tragic catastrophes by means of the creations it offers to our contemplation and enjoyment, it is the art of music which conducts us to the final summit of that ascent to freedom.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“Poetry is the universal art of the spirit which has become free in itself and which is not tied down for its realization to external sensuous material; instead, it launches out exclusively in the inner space and the inner time of ideas and feelings.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“When a father inquired about the best method of educating his son in ethical conduct, a Pythagorean replied: “Make him a citizen of a state with good laws.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“The only Thought which Philosophy brings with it to the contemplation of History, is the simple conception of Reason; that Reason is the Sovereign of the World; that the history of the world, therefore, presents us with a rational process.”
― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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