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Single Idea 19593

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / E. Policies / 5. Education / d. Study of history]

Full Idea

What is it that shapes a person if not his life history? And in the same way a splendid person is shaped by nothing other than world history. Many people live better in the past and in the future than in the present.

Gist of Idea

Persons are shaped by a life history; splendid persons are shaped by world history


Novalis (Last Fragments [1800], 15)

Book Reference

Novalis: 'Philosophical Writings', ed/tr. Stoljar,M.M. [SUNY 1997], p.155

A Reaction

Clearly there is a lot to be said for splendid people who live entirely in the present (such as jazz musicians). Some people do have an awesomely wide historical perspective on their immediate lives. Palaeontology is not the master discipline though!