Quotation by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

One word more about giving instruction as to what the world ought to be. Philosophy in any case always comes on the scene too late to give it. As the thought of the world, it appears only when actuality is already there cut and dried after its process of formation has been completed.... When philosophy paints its grey in grey, then has a shape of life grown old. By philosophy's grey in grey it cannot be rejuvenated but only understood. The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831), German philosopher. Philosophy of Right, preface, p. 13, Oxford University Press (1952).
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