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Creation
Engrave this Quote The innermost meaning of sacrifice is the annihilation of the finite just because it is finite. In order to demonstrate that this is the only purpose, the most noble and beautiful must be chosen; above all, man, the fulfillment of the earth. Human sacrifices are the most natural sacrifices. Man, however, is more than the fulfillment of the earth; he is reasonable, and reason is free and nothing but an eternal self-determination toward the infinite. Thus man can sacrifice only himself, and that is what he does in the omnipresent sanctissimum of which the masses are not aware. All artists are self-sacrificing human beings, and to become an artist is nothing but to devote oneself to the subterranean gods. The meaning of divine creation is primarily revealed in the enthusiasm of annihilation. Only in the throes of death is the spark of eternal life ignited.
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Criticism
Engrave this Quote A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
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Education
Engrave this Quote Every uneducated person is a caricature of himself.
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Faith
Engrave this Quote In actual life every great enterprise begins with and takes its first forward step in faith.
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Genius
Engrave this Quote Genius is, to be sure, not a matter of arbitrariness, but rather of freedom, just as wit, love, and faith, which once shall become arts and disciplines. We should demand genius from everybody, without, however, expecting it.
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Humanity
Engrave this Quote It is peculiar to mankind to transcend mankind.
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Innocence
Engrave this Quote Prudishness is pretense of innocence without innocence. Women have to remain prudish as long as men are sentimental, dense, and evil enough to demand of them eternal innocence and lack of education. For innocence is the only thing which can ennoble lack of education.
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Irony
Engrave this Quote Irony is the form of paradox. Paradox is what is good and great at the same time.
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Proverbial Wisdom
Engrave this Quote An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog.
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Society
Engrave this Quote What is called good society is usually nothing but a mosaic of polished caricatures.
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Theater
Engrave this Quote Good drama must be drastic.
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Virtue
Engrave this Quote Virtue is reason which has become energy.
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