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  • Animals are in possession of themselves; their soul is in possession of their body. But they have no right to their life, because they do not will it.

    Animal   Soul   Body  
    Georg H. W. Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (2008). “Philosophy of Right”, p.8, Cosimo, Inc.
  • Evil resides in the very gaze which perceives Evil all around itself.

    Evil   Perceive  
  • The State is the Divine idea as it exists on Earth.

    Ideas   Earth   Divine  
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Aakash Singh, Rimina Mohapatra (2008). “Reading Hegel: The Introductions”, p.133,
  • The East knew and to the present day knows only that One is Free; the Greek and the Roman world, that some are free; the German World knows that All are free. The first political form therefore which we observe in History, is Despotism, the second Democracy and Aristocracy, the third, Monarchy.

    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (2012). “The Philosophy of History”, p.104, Courier Corporation
  • On the stage on which we are observing it, — Universal History — Spirit displays itself in its most concrete reality.

    Reality   Spirit   Stage  
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1861). “Lectures on the Philosophy of History”, p.17
  • Propounding peace and love without practical or institutional engagement is delusion, not virtue.

  • The true courage of civilized nations is readiness for sacrifice in the service of the state, so that the individual counts as only one amongst many. The important thing here is not personal mettle but aligning oneself with the universal.

    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1945). “Hegel's Philosophy of right”
  • Amid the pressure of great events, a general principle gives no help.

    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Aakash Singh, Rimina Mohapatra (2008). “Reading Hegel: The Introductions”, p.115,
  • To be independent of public opinion is the first formal condition of achieving anything great.

    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1945). “Hegel's Philosophy of right”
  • Because of its concrete content, sense-certainty immediately appears as the richest kind of knowledge, indeed a knowledge of infinite wealth for which no bounds can be found, either when we reach out into space and time in which it is dispersed, or when we take a bit of this wealth, and by division enter into it. Moreover, sense-certainty appears to be the truest knowledge ... but, in the event, this very certainty proves itself to be the most abstract and poorest truth. All that it says about what it knows is just that it is; and its truth contains nothing but the sheer being of the thing.

    Space   Events   Division  
  • When individuals and nations have once got in their heads the abstract concept of full-blown liberty, there is nothing like it in its uncontrollable strength.

    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (2015). “Hegel's Philosophy of Mind”, p.397, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
  • Freedom is the fundamental character of the will, as weight is of matter... That which is free is the will. Will without freedom is an empty word.

  • Consequently, the sensuous aspect of art is related only to the two theoretical sensesof sight and hearing, while smell, taste, and touch remain excluded.

    Art   Food   Sight  
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1998). “Aesthetics: Lectures on Fine Art”, p.38, Oxford University Press
  • The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk.

    Philosophy of Right (1821)
  • If we go on to cast a look at the fate of these World-Historical persons, whose vocation it was to be the agents of the World-Spirit, we shall find it to have been no happy one. They attained no calm enjoyment; their whole life was labour and trouble; their whole nature was nought else but their master—passion. When their object is attained they fall off like empty hulls from the kernel. They die early, like Alexander; they are murdered, like Caesar.

    Fall   Passion   Fate  
    "Reading Hegel: The Introductions".
  • God is, as it were, the sewer into which all contradictions flow.

    God   Atheism   Flow  
  • Public opinion contains all kinds of falsity and truth, but it takes a great man to find the truth in it. The great man of the age is the one who can put into words the will of his age, tell his age what its will is, and accomplish it. What he does is the heart and the essence of his age, he actualizes his age. The man who lacks sense enough to despise public opinion expressed in gossip will never do anything great.

    Heart   Men   Essence  
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1945). “Hegel's Philosophy of right”
  • All the worth which the human being possesses all spiritual reality, he possesses only through the State... For Truth is the Unity of the universal and subjective Will; and the Universal is to be found in the State, in its laws, its universal and rational arrangements. The State is the Divine Idea as it exists on Earth. We have in it, therefore, the object of History in a more definite shape than before; that in which Freedom obtains objectivity...

    "Lectures on the Philosophy of History, Volume 1". Book by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, 1832.
  • It strikes everyone in beginning to form an acquaintance with the treasures of Indian literature that a land so rich in intellectual products and those of the profoundest order of thought.

  • Reading the morning newspaper is the realist's morning . One orients one's attitude toward the either by 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 (2002). “Miscellaneous Writings of G.W.F. Hegel”
  • Destiny is consciousness of oneself, but consciousness of oneself as an enemy.

  • To him who looks at the world rationally the world looks rationally back.

    World   Looks   Reason  
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1953). “Reason in History: A General Introduction to the Philosophy of History”
  • To be aware of limitations is already to be beyond them.

    "Inwardness and Existence". Book by Walter A. Davis, 1989.
  • History teaches us that man learns nothing from history

    Men   Teach  
  • 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 (2012). “The Philosophy of History”, p.430, Courier Corporation
  • When we walk the streets at night in safety, it does not strike us that this might be otherwise. This habit of feeling safe has become second nature, and we do not reflect on just how this is due solely to the working of special institutions. Commonplace thinking often has the impression that force holds the state together, but in fact its only bond is the fundamental sense of order which everybody possesses.

    Night   Thinking   Order  
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1945). “Hegel's Philosophy of right”
  • Education to independence demands that young people should be accustomed early to consult their own sense of propriety and their own reason. To regard study as mere receptivity and memory work is to have a most incomplete view of what instruction means.

    Memories   Mean   Views  
    "How to teach ... philosophy" by Emily Drabble, July 29, 2013.
  • For us, mind has nature for its premise, being nature's truth and for that reason its absolute prius. In this truth nature has vanished, and mind has resulted as the idea arrived at being-for-itself, the object of which, as well as the subject, is the concept. This identity is absolute negativity, for whereas in nature the concept has its perfect external objectivity, this its alienation has been superseded, and in this alienation the concept has become identical with itself. But it is this identity therefore, only in being a return out of nature.

  • Poverty in itself does not make men into a rabble; a rabble is created only when there is joined to poverty a disposition of mind, an inner indignation against the rich, against society, against the government.

    Men   Mind   Doe  
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1945). “Hegel's Philosophy of right”
  • To him who looks upon the world rationally, the world in its turn presents a rational aspect. The relation is mutual.

    Looks   World   Aspect  
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Aakash Singh, Rimina Mohapatra (2008). “Reading Hegel: The Introductions”, p.117,
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