The German classics of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: masterpieces of German literature, tr. into English

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The German publication society, 1914

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Side 50 - Such individuals had no consciousness of the general Idea they were unfolding, while prosecuting those aims of theirs ; on the contrary, they were practical, political men. But at the same time they were thinking men, who had an insight into the requirements of the time— what was ripe for development. This was the very Truth for their age, for their world ; the species next in order, so to speak, and which was already formed in the womb of time.
Side 50 - It was theirs to know this nascent principle; the necessary, directly sequent step in progress, which their world was to take; to make this their aim, and to expend their energy in promoting it. World-historical men— the Heroes of an epoch— must, therefore, be recognized as its clear-sighted ones; their deeds, their words are the best of that time.
Side 35 - The German nations, under the influence of Christianity, were the first to attain the consciousness, that man, as man, is free: that it is the freedom of Spirit which constitutes its essence.
Side 48 - ... has no place in living reality. If men are to act, they must not only intend the Good, but must have decided for themselves whether this or that particular thing is a Good. What special course of action, however, is good or not, is determined, as regards the ordinary contingencies of private life, by the laws and customs of a State; and here no great difficulty is presented. Each individual has his position; he knows on the whole what a just, honorable course of conduct is. As to ordinary, private...
Side 54 - The term prosperity is used in a variety of meanings— riches, outward honour, and the like. But in speaking of something which in and for itself constitutes an aim of existence, that so-called well or illfaring of these or those isolated individuals cannot be regarded as an essential element in the rational order of the universe.
Side 34 - Now this is Freedom, exactly. For if I am dependent, my being is referred to something else which I am not ; I cannot exist independently of something external. I am free, on the contrary, when my existence depends upon myself.
Side 44 - Idea advances to an infinite, antithesis ; that, viz. between the Idea in its free, universal] form — in which it exists for itself — and the contrasted form! of abstract introversion, reflection on itself, which is formal existence-for-self, personality, formal freedom, such as belongs to Spirit only. The universal Idea exists thus as the substantial totality of things on the one side, and as the abstract essence of free volition on the other side. This reflection of the mind on itself is individual...
Side 46 - The connection of events above indicated, mvolves also the fact, that in history an additional result is commonly produced by human actions beyond that which they aim at and obtain — that which they immediately recognize and desire. They gratify their own interest; but something further is thereby accomplished, latent in the actions in question, though not present to their consciousness, and not included in their design.
Side 118 - Such we may take to be the articulated totality of the particular arts, viz. the external art of architecture, the objective art of sculpture, and the subjective art of painting music and poetry.
Side 36 - The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom — a progress whose development, according to the necessity of its nature, it is our business to investigate.

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