Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller biography

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Playwright, Author

1759 – 1805


Who was Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller?

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller was a German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright. During the last seventeen years of his life, Schiller struck up a productive, if complicated, friendship with already famous and influential Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. They frequently discussed issues concerning aesthetics, and Schiller encouraged Goethe to finish works he left as sketches. This relationship and these discussions led to a period now referred to as Weimar Classicism. They also worked together on Xenien, a collection of short satirical poems in which both Schiller and Goethe challenge opponents to their philosophical vision.

Famous Quotes:

  • Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing.
  • It is not flesh and blood, but heart which makes us fathers and sons.
  • The voice of the majority is no proof of justice.
  • All things must; man is the only creature that wills.
  • Of all the possessions of this life fame is the noblest; when the body has sunk into the dust the great name still lives.
  • In a narrow circle the mind grows narrow. The more one expands, the larger their aims.
  • It is difficult to discriminate the voice of truth from amid the clamor raised by heated partisans.
  • Nothing, it is true, is more common than for both Science and Art to pay homage to the spirit of the age, and for creative taste to accept the law of critical taste.
  • One drop of hatred left in the cup of joy turns the most blissful draught into poison.
  • He who has done his best for his own time has lived for all times.

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Nov 10, 1759
Marbach am Neckar
Also known as
  • Friedrich von Schiller
  • Frederich Schiller
  • Schiller, Friedrich
  • Von Schiller, Johann Christoph Friedrich
  • Friedrich Schiler
  • Frederick Schiller
  • Germans
  • Germany
  • Karlsschule
May 9, 1805

on July 23, 2013


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