Quotes by Johann Georg Hamann

Poetry is the mother-tongue of the human race.
- Johann Georg Hamann
All human wisdom works and has worries and grief as reward.
- Johann Georg Hamann
The thirst for vengeance was the beautiful nature which Homer imitated.
- Johann Georg Hamann
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The farther reason looks the greater is the haze in which it loses itself.
- Johann Georg Hamann
Everything is vain and tortures the spirit instead of calming and satisfying it.
- Johann Georg Hamann
Thus the public use of reason and freedom is nothing but a dessert, a sumptuous dessert.
- Johann Georg Hamann
Hence it happens that one takes words for concepts, and concepts for the things themselves.
- Johann Georg Hamann
What good to me is the festive garment of freedom when I am in a slave's smock at home?
- Johann Georg Hamann
Nature is a book, a letter, a fairy tale (in the philosophical sense) or whatever you want to call it.
- Johann Georg Hamann
If only I was as eloquent as Demosthenes, I would have to do no more than repeat a single word three times.
- Johann Georg Hamann
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Our reason arises, at the very least, from this twofold lesson of sensuous revelations and human testimonies.
- Johann Georg Hamann
The weakness of ourselves and of our reason makes us see flaws in beauties by making us consider everything piece by piece.
- Johann Georg Hamann
A writer who is in a hurry to be understood today or tomorrow runs the danger of being misunderstood the day after tomorrow.
- Johann Georg Hamann
Not only the entire ability to think rests on language... but language is also the crux of the misunderstanding of reason with itself.
- Johann Georg Hamann
Everything the human being heard from the beginning, saw with its eyes, looked upon and touched with its hands was a living word; for God was the word.
- Johann Georg Hamann
Physics is nothing but the ABC's. Nature is an equation with an unknown, a Hebrew word which is written only with consonants to which reason has to add the dots.
- Johann Georg Hamann
Every phenomenon of nature was a word, - the sign, symbol and pledge of a new, mysterious, inexpressible but all the more intimate union, participation and community of divine energies and ideas.
- Johann Georg Hamann
Being, belief and reason are pure relations, which cannot be dealt with absolutely, and are not things but pure scholastic concepts, signs for understanding, not for worshipping, aids to awaken our attention, not to fetter it.
- Johann Georg Hamann
Indeed, if a chief question does remain: how is the power to think possible? - The power to think right and left, before and without, with and above experience? then it does not take a deduction to prove the genealogical priority of language.
- Johann Georg Hamann

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