Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Quotes

A quotes list created by Lee Sonogan

Hegel Reading Group (Week 3, HT18) | Faculty of Philosophy

Speaking of a philosopher that should be taught in all high schools, Hegel’s body of work just about covers everything and his notable ideas are double or triple in comparison to others. Regarded as a madman because of the sheer poetic nature of his content is very complex, it is amazing that he inspired Nietzsche and the glass binary words of Marx who wrote The Communist Manifesto. Just listen to Slavoj Zikzek who describes himself as a communist but in a qualified sense (Super central compared to the extremes people go to identifying these concepts with clear bad history)

  • “Nothing great in the world was accomplished without passion.” ― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
  • “We learn from history that we do not learn from history.” ― Georg Hegel
  • “To be independent of public opinion is the first formal condition of achieving anything great.” ― HEGEL
  • “Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights” ― 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
  • “Truth is found neither in the thesis nor the antithesis, but in an emergent synthesis which reconciles the two.” ― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
  • “Evil resides in the very gaze which perceives Evil all around itself.” ― Friedrich Hegel
  • “Only one man ever understood me, and he didn’t understand me.” ― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
  • “Education is the art of making man ethical” ― 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, Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit
  • “The valor that struggles is better than the weakness that endures.” ― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
  • “…this is love. I have my self-consciousness not in myself but in the other. I am satisfied and have peace with myself only in this other and I AM only because I have peace with myself; if I did not have it then I would be a contradiction that falls to pieces. This other, because it likewise exists outside itself, has its self-consciousness only in me; and both the other and I are only this consciousness of being-outside-ourselves and of our identity; we are only this intuition, feeling, and knowledge of our unity. This is love, and without knowing that love is both a distinguishing and the sublation of this distinction, one speaks emptily of it.” ― HEGEL, GEORG WILHELM FRIEDRICH
  • “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
  • “The ignorant man is not free, because what confronts him is an alien world, something outside him and in the offing, on which he depends, without his having made this foreign world for himself and therefore without being at home in it by himself as in something his own. The impulse of curiosity, the pressure for knowledge, from the lowest level up to the highest rung of philosophical insight arises only from the struggle to cancel this situation of unfreedom and to make the world one’s own in one’s ideas and thought.” ― Hegel, G. W. H.
  • “People who are too fastidious towards the finite never reach actuality, but linger in abstraction, and their light dies away.” ― 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
  • “Art does not simply reveal God: it is one of the ways in which God reveals, and thus actualizes, himself.” ― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics
  • “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, On the Arts: Selections from G.W.F. Hegel’s Aesthetics or the Philosophy of Fine Art
  • The length of the journey has to be borne with, for every moment is necessary.” ― Hegel G. W. F.

Not knowing much about this man, many things of what I have been doing reflects what he did over 200 years ago. The Hegelian dialectic is so important in modern times, even the master-slave dialectic where multiple indicators of a ‘struggle to the death’ easily changing considered viable systems into something chaotic. I really need to read his four major publications first before I can summarise/interpret his concepts in the most correct manner. His work is controversial and many scholars have seen different things in it than others according to the video below.

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