"How is it that I seem to be this Margaret Fuller? What does it mean? What shall I do about it?"
List of objections to Goethe:
"He is not a Christian;
He is not an idealist;
He is not a Democrat;
He is not Schiller."
"It is so true that a woman may be in love with a woman, and a man with a man...It is regulated by the same law as that of love between persons of different sexes, only it is purely intellectual and spiritual, unprofaned by any mixture of lower instincts."
"Woman is the flower, man the bee...He drains her cup, carries off the honey."
"I never, never in life have had the happy feeling of really doing any thing...I cannot think, can you, that all men in all ages have suffered thus from an unattained Ideal. The race must have been worn out ere now by such corrosion."
"Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism. But in fact they are perpetually passing into one another. Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid. There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman."
"Only the dreamer shall understand realities, though in truth his dreaming must be not out of proportion to his waking."
"By Man I mean both man and woman; these are the two halves of one thought. I lay no especial stress on the welfare of either. I believe that the development of the one cannot be effected without that of the other."
"Here, as elsewhere, the gain of creation consists always in the growth of individual minds, which live and aspire, as flowers bloom and birds sing, in the midst of morasses; and in the continual development of that thought, the thought of human destiny, which is given to eternity to fulfil, and which ages of failure only seemingly impede. Only seemingly, and whatever seems to the contrary, this country is as surely destined to elucidate a great moral law, as Europe was to promote the mental culture of man."
"When an immortal poet was secure only of a few copyists to circulate his works, there were princes and nobles to patronize literature and the arts. Here is only the public, and the public must learn how to cherish the nobler and rarer plants, and to plant the aloe, able to wait a hundred years for its bloom, or its garden will contain, presently, nothing but potatoes and pot-herbs."
All of the above transcriptions belong to Margaret Fuller.
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