Novalis quotes

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

    #Hero #Literature #Minutes

  • Learning is pleasurable but doing is the height of enjoyment.
    -- Novalis

    #Height #Literature #Enjoyment

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

    #Made #Given #Novel

  • Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.
    -- Novalis

    #Inspiring #Healing #Poetry

  • To romanticize the world is to make us aware of the magic, mystery and wonder of the world; it is to educate the senses to see the ordinary as extraordinary, the familiar as strange, the mundane as sacred, the finite as infinite.
    -- Novalis

    #Magic #Ordinary #World

  • 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

    #Philosophy #Self #Ideas

  • The true Poet is all-knowing; he is an actual world in miniature.
    -- Novalis

    #Knowing #World #Poet

  • 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

    #Powerful #Rivals #Savages

  • The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.
    -- Novalis

    #Music #Art #Architecture

  • 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

    #Pain #Soul #Mind

  • Love works magic. It is the finalpurpose of the world story, the Amen of the universe.
    -- Novalis

    #Life #Magic #World

  • 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

    #Eye #Heaven #Humanity

  • Our bodies are molded rivers.
    -- Novalis

    #Rain #Rivers #Water

  • There is but one temple in the universe, and that is the body of man.
    -- Novalis

    #Inspiration #Men #Temples

  • Character is perfectly educated will.
    -- Novalis

    #Inspirational #Character #Educated

  • Imagination places the future world for us either above or below or in reincarnation. 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

    #Dream #Lying #Past

  • Character and fate are two words for the same thing
    -- Novalis

    #Character #Fate #Two

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

    #Want #Doe #Language

  • Every disease is a musical problem; every cure is a musical solution.
    -- Novalis

    #Music #Disease #Problem

  • Every beloved object is the center point of a paradise.
    -- Novalis

    #Life #Literature #Paradise

  • Christianity is the root of all democracy, the highest fact in the rights of men.
    -- Novalis

    #Christian #Men #Roots

  • 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

    #World #Agility #Speak

  • Character is a wish for a perfect education.
    -- Novalis

    #Education #Character #Perfect

  • The highest purpose of intellectual cultivation is to give a man a perfect knowledge and mastery of his own inner self.
    -- Novalis

    #Knowledge #Men #Self

  • 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

    #God #Spiritual #Moving

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

    #Book #Boredom #Causes

  • All the events of our life are materials of which we can make what we will.
    -- Novalis

    #Events #Materials

  • Man is a sun, his senses are the planets.
    -- Novalis

    #Men #Sun #Planets

  • 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

    #Men #Hands #Heaven

  • Every stage of education begins with childhood. That is why the most educated person on earth so much resembles a child.
    -- Novalis

    #Children #Childhood #Earth

  • Character is a perfectly educated will.
    -- Novalis

    #Character #Educated

  • 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

    #Blood #Europe #Circles

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

    #Philosophy #Waking #Kind

  • The history of every individual man should be a Bible.
    -- Novalis

    #Men #Scripture #Individual

  • Fate and temperament are the names of a concept.
    -- Novalis

    #Fate #Names #Temperament

  • The poem of the understanding is philosophy.
    -- Novalis

    #Philosophy #Understanding

  • 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

    #Bible #Men #Cities

  • Philosophy ... bears witness to the deepest love of reflection, to absolute delight in wisdom.
    -- Novalis

    #Philosophy #Reflection #Delight

  • Friendship, love, and piety ought to be handled with a sort of mysterious secrecy; they ought to be spoken of only in the rare moments of perfect confidence, to be mutually understood in silence. Many things are too delicate to be thought; many more, to be spoken.
    -- Novalis

    #Perfect #Silence #Friendship Love

  • Only the most perfect human being can design the most perfect philosophy.
    -- Novalis

    #Philosophy #Perfect #Design

  • Many things are too delicate to be thought; many more, to be spoken.
    -- Novalis

    #Delicacy #Delicate

  • 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

    #Philosophy #Heart #Mean

  • To get to know a truth properly, one must polemicize it.
    -- Novalis

  • 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

    #Dream #Light #Vision

  • Accident is simply unforeseen order.
    -- Novalis

    #Order #Accidents

  • The world must be romanticized. In this way the originary meaning may be found again.
    -- Novalis

    #May #Way #World

  • 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

    #Stars #Past #Age

  • Not only England, but every Englishman is an island.
    -- Novalis

    #Islands #England #Englishmen