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Majestas Populi

Friedrich Schiller 1759 (Marbach am Neckar) – 1805 (Weimar)

Majesty of the nature of man! In crowds shall I seek thee?
  'Tis with only a few that thou hast made thine abode.
  Only a few ever count; the rest are but blanks of no value,
  And the prizes are hid 'neath the vain stir that they make.

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Friedrich Schiller

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller was a German poet philosopher historian and playwright During the last seventeen years of his life Schiller struck up a productive if complicated friendship with already famous and influential Johann Wolfgang Goethe with whom he frequently discussed issues concerning aesthetics and encouraged Goethe to finish works he left merely as sketches this relationship and these discussions led to a period now referred to as Weimar Classicism They also worked together on Die Xenien The Xenies a collection of short but harshly satirical poems in which both Schiller and Goethe verbally attacked those persons they perceived to be enemies of their aesthetic agenda. more…

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