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Schiller's Works
Cited In Helga Zepp LaRouche's
Keynote Speech

Conference Program and Audio/Video Files

Helga Zepp-LaRouche Keynote Presentation

Panel I—Keynote
In the Aftermath of January 28th—Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr.

Panel II - Program
A Celebration Of The Beautiful And The Sublime Life Of Marianna Wertz
August 14, 1948—January 15, 2003

Panel III—Keynote II
The View From ‘Old Europe’—Helga Zepp-LaRouche

Panel IV—Open Discussion
Dialogue with LaRouche

Panel V—Shattering Axioms, Fighting For Our Future!
Featuring Leaders of the International LaRouche Youth Movement

LaRouche Address to Cadre School

Related Pages

Quotes from Schiller's Works


Steer, courageous sailor! Although the wit may deride thee,
And the skipper at th' helm lower his indolent hand—
Ever, ever to th' West! There must the coast be appearing,
Lies it yet clearly and lies shimm'ring before your mind's eye.
Trust in the guiding God and follow the silent ocean!
Were it not yet, 'twould climb now from the billows aloft.
Genius stands with Nature in everlasting union:
What is promised by the one, surely the other fulfills.

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The Philosophy of Physiology (1779)

This much will, I think, have been proven firmly enough one day: that the universe were the work of an Infinite Understanding, and be designed according to an excellent plan.

Just as it now flows from the design into reality through the almighty influence of divine power, and all powers are active and act on each other, like strings of a thousand-voiced instrument sounding together in one melody; so, in this way, the spirit of man, ennobled with divine powers, should discover from the single effects, cause and design; from the connection of causes and designs, the great plan of the Whole; from the plan, recognize the Creator, love Him, glorify Him—or, more briefly, more sublimely sounding in our ear: Man is here, so that he may strive toward the greatness of his Creator; that he may grasp the whole world with just a glance, as the Creator grasps it. Likeness-to-God is the destiny of man. Infinite, indeed, is this his Ideal; however, the spirit is eternal. Eternity is the measure of infinity; that is to say, man will grow eternally, but will never reach it.

A soul, says a wise man of this century, which is enlightened to the extent that it has the plan of divine providence completely in its view, is the happiest soul. An eternal, great and beautiful law of nature has bound perfection to pleasure, and displeasure to imperfection. What brings this characteristic closer to man, be it direct or indirect, will delight him. What distances him from it, will pain him. What pains him, he will avoid; what delights him, he will strive for. He will seek perfection, because imperfection pains him; he will seek it, because it alone delights him. The sum of the greatest perfections with the fewest imperfections is the sum of the highest pleasures with the fewest sorrows. This is supreme happiness. Therefore, it is the same if I say: Man exists to be happy; or—he exists to be perfect. Only then is he perfect, when he is happy. Only then is he happy, when he is perfect.

However, an equally beautiful, wise law, a corollary of the first, has bound the perfection of the Whole with the supreme happiness of the individual; human beings with fellow human beings; indeed, men and animals, through the bond of universal love. Thus love, the most noble impulse in the human soul, the great chain of feeling nature, is nothing other than the confusion of my own self with the being of fellow creatures. And this intermingling is pleasure. Love thus makes the fellow creature's delight my delight; his sorrow, my sorrow. However, even this suffering is perfection, and therefore must not be without pleasure. Thus, what were otherwise pity as an emotion, is blended from pleasure and pain. Pain, because the fellow creature would suffer. Pleasure, because I share his pain with him, since I love him. Sorrow and pleasure, that I turn his pain from him.

And why universal love; why all the pleasure of universal love?—Only out of this ultimate, fundamental design: to further the perfection of the fellow creature. And this perfection is the overseeing, investigation, and admiration of the great design of Nature. Indeed, all pleasures of the senses, ultimately, of which we shall speak in its place, incline through twists and turns and apparent contradictions, for all that, finally back to the same thing. Immutable, this truth itself remains always the same, forever and ever: Man is destined for the overseeing, investigation, and admiration of the great design of Nature.

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The Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. —That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

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Don Carlos, Act 3, Scene 10

Marquis of Posa: You wish to plant for all eternity,
And yet sow death? A work thus gain'd by force
Will not outlive the soul of its creator.
You've labor'd for ingratitude—in vain
Have you with nature wag'd a hardy fight,
In vain have you thus sacrific'd a great
And royal life on projects of destruction.
Much more is man, than you have thought of him.
For he will break the bonds of lengthy slumber
And once again demand his sacred rights.
Alongside Nero and Busiris will
He cast your name, and—that doth give me pain,
For you were good.
King Philip: Who gave you such assurance
That this is so?
Marquis (with fire): Yes, by Almighty God!
Yes—Yes—I shall repeat it. Give us back
What you have taken us. As the strong,
With generosity, let human bliss
Stream from your horn of plenty.—Minds mature
Within your worldly structure. Give us back
What you have taken from us. Thus become
Among a million kings, a king.
(He approaches him boldly, while directing firm
and fiery glances at him)
O that
The eloquence of all the myriads,
Who do participate on this great hour,
Upon the lips of my own mouth could hover,
To fan into a flame the beam which I
Observe now in these eyes! Abandon this
Unnatural idolatry, which doth
Annihilate us. And become our model
Of truth and the eternal. Never—never
Possess'd a mortal man so much, with which
To make such godly use. All kings in Europe
Do pay their homage to the Spanish name.
Walk at the head of all of Europe's kings.
One pen-stroke from this hand of yours, and new
The world will be created. Give to us
The liberty of thought—(throwing himself at his feet).

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The Rütli Oath, from Wilhelm Tell

No, there is a limit to the tyrant's power,
When the oppressed can find no justice,
When the burden grows unbearable—he reaches
With hopeful courage up unto the heavens
And seizes hither his eternal rights,
Which hang above, inalienable
And indestructible as stars themselves.
The primal state of nature reappears,
Where man stands opposite his fellow man.
As a last resort, when not another means
Is of avail, the sword is given him,
The highest of all goods we may defend
From violence, Thus stand we before our country,
Thus stand we before our wives, and before our children.

—We will become a single land of brothers,
Nor shall we part in danger and distress.
—We shall be free, just as our fathers were,
And sooner die, than live in slavery.
—We shall rely upon the highest God
And we shall never fear the might of men.

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