Quotation by Friedrich Von Schlegel

German writings attain popularity through a great name, or through personalities, or through good connections, or through effort, or through moderate immorality, or through accomplished incomprehensibility, or through harmonious platitude, or through versatile boredom, or through constant striving after the absolute.
Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772–1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 79 in Selected Aphorisms from the Lyceum (1797), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).
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