It's the misfortune of German authors that not a single one of them dares to expose his true character. Everyone thinks that he has to be better than he is.
When the theater gates open, a mob pours inside, and it is the poet's task to turn it into an audience.
This searching and doubting and vacillating where nothing is clear but the arrogance of quest. I, too, had such noble ideas when I was still a boy.
I look around me and nowhere do I see a stamp of disapproval with which nature marked a woman's candid brow.
To declaim freedom verses seems like a poem within a poem; freedom requires guns, it requires arms, but no feet.
The main reason why men and women make different aesthetic judgments is the fact that the latter, generally incapable of abstraction, only admire what meets their complete approval.
To test a modest man's modesty do not investigate if he ignores applause, find out if he abides criticism.
You even called me stupid in your verse, and I'm almost agreeing, for where stupidity is involved, you are quite an expert, friend.
The ideas of an age are most abundant where they are not crowded by original ideas.