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Friedrich Holderlin (1770 – 1843)

Major German lyric poet, whose work bridges the Classical and Romantic schools.
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Friedrich Holderlin
Before either of us knew it, we belonged to each other.
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We were eager to have done and trusted to luck.
Being at one is god-like and good, but human, too human, the mania
Which insists there is only the One, one country, one truth, and one way.

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Like a poet man lives.
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This name is fake. I was never called Hölderlin, but Scardanelli!
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It was not delight, not wonder that arose among us, it was the peace of heaven.
A thousand times have I said it to her and to myself: the most beautiful is also the most sacred. And such was everything in her. Like her singing, even so was her life.
Friedrich Holderlin
Now we were standing close to the summit's rim, gazing out into the endless East.
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What is all that men have done and thought over thousands of years, compared with one moment of love. But in all Nature, too, it is what is nearest to perfection, what is most divinely beautiful! There all stairs lead from the threshold of life. From there we come, to there we go.
The earth with yellow pears
And overgrown with roses wild
Upon the pond is bent,
And swans divine,
With kisses drunk
You drop your heads
In the sublimely sobering water.
But where, with winter come, am I
To find, alas, the floweres, and where
The sunshine
And the shadow of the world?
Cold the walls stand
And the wordless, in the wind
The weathercocks are rattling.
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What is the wisdom of a book compared with the wisdom of an angel?
Friedrich Holderlin
Wer das Tiefste gedacht, liebt das Lebendigste.

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You seek life, and a godly fire
Gushes and gleams for you out of the earth,
As, with shuddering long, you
Hurl yourself down to the flames of the Etna.
Friedrich Holderlin
I call on Fate to give me back my soul.
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