Quotation by Friedrich Von Schlegel

In England, wit is at least a profession, if not an art. everything becomes professional there, and even the rogues of that island are pedants. So are the "wits" there too. They introduce into reality absolute freedom whose reflection lends a romantic and piquant air to wit, and thus they live wittily; hence their talent for madness. They die for their principles.
Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772–1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 67 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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