Irony is the form of paradox. Paradox is what is good and great at the same time.
Many a witty inspiration is like the surprising reunion of befriended thoughts after a long separation.
All men are somewhat ridiculous and grotesque, just because they are men and in this respect artists might well be regarded as man multiplied by two. So it is, was, and shall be.
Form your life humanly, and you have done enough: but you will never reach the height of art and the depth of science without something divine.
Nothing truly convincing - which would possess thoroughness, vigor, and skill - has been written against the ancients as yet; especially not against their poetry.
Literature is the immortality of speech.