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Quotation by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
"Classification of Historic Data" The Philosophy of History (1837) "Introduction" The Philosophy of History (1837) "Introduction" The Philosophy of Right (1821, trans. 1942) Lectures on The History of Philosophy, vol. 1, introduction, p. 52, Humanities Press (1974) Logic, part 1: the Encyclopedia, ch. 4, "Second Attitude of Thought to Objectivity," section 60, p. 91, Oxford University Press (1975)
The sole work and deed of universal freedom is therefore death, a death too which has no inner significance or filling, for what is negated is the empty point of the absolutely free self. It is thus the coldest and meanest of all deaths, with no more significance than cutting off a head of cabbage or swallowing a mouthful of water.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831), German philosopher. Phenomenology of Spirit, section C(BB): "Spirit," par. 590, p. 360, Oxford University Press (1977).
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