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Friedrich Schiller
(10 Nov 1759 - 9 May 1804)

German poet, philosopher and playwright.

Science Quotes by Friedrich Schiller (7 quotes)

Einem ist sie [Wissenschaft; die hohe, die himmlische Gφttin; dem anderen, Eine tόchige Kuh, die ihn mit Butter versorgt.
To one, science is an exalted goddess; to another it is a cow which provides him with butter.
— Friedrich Schiller
Xenien (1796). In Carl Sagan, Broca's Brain (1986), 38 (in English only). Also in Alan Lindsay Mackay, A Dictionary of Scientific Quotations (1991), 218 (with quote also in German).
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Schwer ist es, aus dem Geschrei erhitzter Parteien die Stimme der Wahrheit zu unterscheiden.
It is difficult to discriminate the voice of truth from amid the clamour raised by heated partisans.
— Friedrich Schiller
Original German in Schiller's sammtliche werke (1834), 934. With a translation, in James Wood, Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern, English and Foreign Sources (1893), 382.
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Far must thy researches go
Wouldst thou learn the world to know;
Thou must tempt the dark abyss
Wouldst thou prove what Being is;
Naught but firmness gains the prize,—
Naught but fullness makes us wise,—
Buried deep truth ever lies!
— Friedrich Schiller
In Edgar A. Bowring (trans.), The Poems of Schiller (1875), 260.
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Man is an imitative creature, and whoever is the foremost leads the herd.
— Friedrich Schiller
As quoted, without citation, in John Walker, A Fork in the Road: Answers to Daily Dilemmas from the Teachings of Jesus Christ (2005), 137.
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The universe is one at God's thoughts.
— Friedrich Schiller
Philosophische Briefe, ‘Letter 4: Theosophy of Julius’. In Essays: Aesthetical and Philosophical (1884). As cited in Robert Andrews, The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations (1993), 946.
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Toil of science swells the wealth of art.
— Friedrich Schiller
In collection compiled by Charles Noel Douglas, Forty Thousand Quotations, Prose and Poetical (1917),
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What marvel is this? We begged you for drinkable springs,
O earth, and what is your lap sending forth?
Is there life in the deeps as well? A race yet unknown
Hiding under the lava? Are they who had fled returning?
Come and see, Greeks; Romans, come! Ancient Pompeii Is found again, the city of Hercules rises!
— Friedrich Schiller
Translation as given, without citation, as epigraph in C.W. Ceram, Gods, Graves, and Scholars: The Story of Archaeology (1986), 1. There are other translations of the Schiller’s original German, for example, in 'Pompeii and Herculaneum', Life of Schiller: Poetical Works (1902), 249.
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Quotes by others about Friedrich Schiller (1)

The young genius early exults in the contemplation of power and beauty. During Scott’s childhood, a frightful thunder-storm raged at Edinburgh, which made his brothers and the domestics huddle together in one room, shivering with fear at every peal. Young Walter was found lying on his back in the garden, the rain pitilessly pelting his face, while he, almost convulsed with delight, shouted, at every flash, “bonnie! bonnie!” Schiller was found by his father, on a similar occasion, perched upon a tree, and, on being harshly questioned as to his object, whimpered out that he wanted to see where the thunder came from.
In 'Genius', Wellman’s Miscellany (Dec 1871), 4, No. 6, 204. A variation of the anecdote about Walter Scott is given in George Gilfillan (ed.), 'Memoir of Sir Walter Scott', The Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott: With memoir and critical dissertation (1857), viii. The anecdote about Schiller is of dubious authenticity, according to Charles Follen (ed.), The Life of Friedrich Schiller: Comprehending an Examination of His Works (1837), 7
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