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NOVALIS
(PSEUDONYM OF FREDERICH LEOPOLD VON HARDENBERG)
German poet and romancer
(1772 - 1801)
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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.
      - [Solitude]

A God-intoxicated man.
  [Ger., Gott-trunkener Mensch.]
      - [God]

Accident is simply unforeseen order.
      - [Accident]

All power appears only in transition. Permanent power is stuff.
      - [Action]

Character is a perfectly educated will.
      - [Character]

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.
      - [Excelsior]

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.
      - [Delicacy]

In cheerful souls there is no wit. Wit shows a disturbance of the equipoise.
      - [Wit]

It is certain my belief gains quite infinitely the very moment I can convince another mind thereof.
      - [Sympathy]

It is not merely the multiplicity of tints, the gladness of tone, or the balminess of the air which delight in the spring; it is the still consecrated spirit of hope, the prophecy of happy days yet to come; the endless variety of nature, with presentiments of eternal flowers which never shall fade, and sympathy with the blessedness of the ever-developing world.
      - [Spring]

Many things are too delicate to be thought; many more, to be spoken.
      - [Delicacy]

Nature is an AEolian harp, a musical instrument whose tones are the re-echo of higher strings within us.
      - [Nature]

Only so far as a man is happily married to himself is he fit for married life, and family life generally.
      - [Domesticity]

Prayer is to religion what thinking is to philosophy. To pray is to make religion.
      - [Prayer]

Shame is a feeling of profanation. 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.
      - [Shame]

The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.
      - [Art]

The badge of honesty is simplicity.
      - [Honesty]

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.
      - [Bible]

The highest purpose of intellectual cultivation is to give a man a perfect knowledge and mastery of his own inner self; to render our consciousness its own light and its own mirror.
      - [Cultivation]

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.
      - [Morality]

The individual soul should seek for an intimate union with the soul of the universe.
      - [Sympathy]

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.
      - [Humanity]

We are near waking when we dream that we dream.
      - [Dreams]

We touch heaven when we lay our hand on a human body!
      - [Man]

Where children are, there is the golden age.
      - [Children]


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