Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Johann Gottlieb Fichte

German Philosopher

"It is not doubtful, but the most certain of all certainties, n- nay, the foundation of all certainties - the one absolutely valid objective truth - that there is a moral order in the world."

"Every soul develops itself only by means of other souls, and there are no longer individual men, but only one humanity."

"If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us at least live so as to deserve it."

"The absolute freedom of the will, which we bring down with us from the Infinite into the world of Time, is the principle of this our life."

"There is nothing real, lasting, imperishable in me, but these two elements: the voice of conscience, and my free obedience."

"A man can do what he ought to do; and when he says he cannot, it is because he will not."

"Humanity may endure the loss of everything; all its possessions may be turned away without infringing its true dignity - all but the possibility of improvement. "

"God is not the mere dead conception to which we have thus given utterance, but he is in himself pure Life."

"By mere burial man arrives not at bliss; and in the future life, throughout its whole infinite range, they will seek for happiness as vainly as they sought it here, who seek it in aught else than that which so closely surrounds them here - the Infinite."