of Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg (May 2, 1772 – March 25, 1801), an author and philosopher of early German Romanticism
Georg Philipp Friedrich von Hardenberg was born in 1772 at Oberwiederstedt
manor (now part of Arnstein, Saxony-Anhalt
), in the Harz
mountains. The family seat was a manorial estate, not simply a stately home. Novalis descended from ancient, Low German nobility. Different lines of the family include such important, influential magistrates and ministry officials as the Prussia
n chancellor Karl August von Hardenberg
There are ideal series of events which run parallel with the real ones. They rarely coincide. Men and circumstances generally modify the ideal train of events, so that it seems imperfect, and its consequences are equally imperfect. Thus with the Reformation; instead of Protestantism came Lutheranism.
Fate and temperament are the names of a concept.
I was still blind, but twinkling stars did dance Throughout my being's limitless expanse, Nothing had yet drawn close, only at distant stages I found myself, a mere suggestion sensed in past and future ages.
Blood will stream over Europe until the nations become aware of the frightful madness which drives them in circles. And then, struck by celestial music and made gentle, the approach their former altars all together, hear about the works of peace, and hold a great celebration of peace with fervent tears before the smoking altars.
Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.
The world must be romanticized. In this way the originary meaning may be found again.
Friends, the soil is poor, we must sow seeds in plenty for us to garner even modest harvests.
Everywhere we seek the Absolute, and always we find only things.