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Novalis

Date de naissance: 2. mai 1772
Date de décès: 25. mars 1801
Autres noms: Новалис (Фридрих фон Харденберг), Novalis Friedrich Leopold von Hardenberg

Novalis, de son vrai nom Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg, né le 2 mai 1772 au château d'Oberwiederstedt , près de Mansfeld alors situé dans l'Électorat de Saxe et mort le 25 mars 1801 à Weißenfels , est un poète, romancier, philosophe, juriste, géologue, minéralogiste et ingénieur des Mines allemand. Il est l'un des représentants les plus éminents du premier romantisme allemand .

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„Je sens en moi une céleste lassitude. — Lointain et harassant fut mon pèlerinage au saint-tombeau, et pesante, la croix.“

—  Novalis, livre Hymnes à la Nuit

Mais l’onde de cristal, — les sens vulgaires ne la perçoivent pas, — l’onde qui prend sa source au cœur du tertre ténébreux, celui qui l’a goûtée, — celui qui l’a gravi, ce haut lieu au pied duquel vient se briser le flot temporel, celui qui, se dressant sur ces sommets aux frontières du monde, a plongé ses regards dans la patrie nouvelle, dans le domaine de la Nuit, — en vérité, celui-là ne redescend plus aux tumultes du monde, dans la patrie où la lumière habite, en sa perpétuelle agitation.
Là-haut il les dresse, ses tentes, tabernacles de paix, là il porte sa nostalgie et son amour, le regard plongé au-delà, jusqu’à cette heure entre toutes bénie qu’il sera emporté là-bas, dans les eaux de la source ; […]
Hymnes à la Nuit, 1800

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„The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet.“

—  Novalis, livre Blüthenstaub

Blüthenstaub (1798), Unsequenced
Contexte: The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet. Where they overlap, it is in every point of the overlap.

„Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.“

—  Novalis

As quoted in Quote, Unquote‎ (1989) by Jonathan Williams, p. 136

„As we see a future Painter in the boy who fills every wall with sketches and variedly adds colour to figure; so we see a future Philosopher in him who restlessly traces and questions all natural things, pays heed to all, brings together whatever is remarkable, and rejoices when he has become master and possessor of a new phenomenon, of a new power and piece of knowledge.“

—  Novalis

Pupils at Sais (1799)
Contexte: Not wise does it seem to attempt comprehending and understanding a Human World without full perfected Humanity. No talent must sleep; and if all are not alike active, all must be alert, and not oppressed and enervated. As we see a future Painter in the boy who fills every wall with sketches and variedly adds colour to figure; so we see a future Philosopher in him who restlessly traces and questions all natural things, pays heed to all, brings together whatever is remarkable, and rejoices when he has become master and possessor of a new phenomenon, of a new power and piece of knowledge.

„Long, unwearied intercourse, free and wise Contemplation, attention to faint tokens and indications; an inward poet-life, practised senses, a simple and devout spirit: these are the essential requisites of a true Friend of Nature; without these no one can attain his wish.“

—  Novalis

Pupils at Sais (1799)
Contexte: No one, of a surety, wanders farther from the mark than he who fancies to himself that he already understands this marvellous Kingdom, and can, in few words, fathom its constitution, and everywhere find the right path. To no one, who has broken off, and made himself an Island, will insight rise of itself, nor even without toilsome effort. Only to children, or childlike men, who know not what they do, can this happen. Long, unwearied intercourse, free and wise Contemplation, attention to faint tokens and indications; an inward poet-life, practised senses, a simple and devout spirit: these are the essential requisites of a true Friend of Nature; without these no one can attain his wish.

„I was still blind, but twinkling stars did dance
Throughout my being's limitless expanse“

—  Novalis

As quoted in Romantic Vision, Ethical Context: Novalis and Artistic Autonomy (1987) by Géza von Molnár, p. 2
Contexte: I was still blind, but twinkling stars did dance
Throughout my being's limitless expanse,
Nothing had yet drawn close, only at distant stages
I found myself, a mere suggestion sensed in past and future ages.

„They are emblematic, have many meanings, are simple and inexhaustible, like products of Nature; and nothing more unsuitable could be said of them than that they are works of Art, in that narrow mechanical acceptation of the word.“

—  Novalis

Contexte: When we speak of the aim and Art observable in Shakespeare's works, we must not forget that Art belongs to Nature; that it is, so to speak, self-viewing, self-imitating, self-fashioning Nature. The Art of a well-developed genius is far different from the Artfulness of the Understanding, of the merely reasoning mind. Shakspeare was no calculator, no learned thinker; he was a mighty, many-gifted soul, whose feelings and works, like products of Nature, bear the stamp of the same spirit; and in which the last and deepest of observers will still find new harmonies with the infinite structure of the Universe; concurrences with later ideas, affinities with the higher powers and senses of man. They are emblematic, have many meanings, are simple and inexhaustible, like products of Nature; and nothing more unsuitable could be said of them than that they are works of Art, in that narrow mechanical acceptation of the word.

„I found myself, a mere suggestion sensed in past and future ages.“

—  Novalis

As quoted in Romantic Vision, Ethical Context: Novalis and Artistic Autonomy (1987) by Géza von Molnár, p. 2
Contexte: I was still blind, but twinkling stars did dance
Throughout my being's limitless expanse,
Nothing had yet drawn close, only at distant stages
I found myself, a mere suggestion sensed in past and future ages.

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