Edgar Quinet

Philosopher, Author

1803 – 1875


Who was Edgar Quinet?

Edgar Quinet was a French historian and intellectual.

Famous Quotes:

  • What are all political and social institutions, but always a religion, which in realizing itself, becomes incarnate in the world?
  • Though ambition in itself is a vice, it often is also the parent of virtue.
  • The law of humanity ought to be composed of the past, the present, and the future, that we bear within us; whoever possesses but one of these terms, has but a fragment of the law of the moral world.
  • Philosophy may be dodged, eloquence cannot.
  • It is certain that if you would have the whole secret of a people, you must enter into the intimacy of their religion.
  • What we share with another ceases to be our own.
  • Science is Christian, not when it condemns itself to the letter of things, but when, in the infinitely little, it discovers as many mysteries and as much depth and power as in the infinitely great.
  • The perfection of art is to conceal art.
  • Today as in the time of Pliny and Columella, the hyacinth flourishes in Wales, the periwinkle in Illyria, the daisy on the ruins of Numantia; while around them cities have changed their masters and their names, collided and smashed, disappeared into nothingness, their peaceful generations have crossed down the ages as fresh and smiling as on the days of battle.
  • Universal orthodoxy is enriched by every new discovery of truth: what at first appeared universal, by wishing to stand still, sooner or later becomes a sect.

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Feb 17, 1803
  • France
Lived in
  • Rhône-Alpes
Mar 27, 1875

on July 23, 2013


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