Titu Maiorescu

Romanian lawyer, literary critic, writer, estetician, philosopher, univeristary professor and politician, member of the Romanian Academy, first minister of Romania

The first step by which we lift ourselves up is a sacrificial altar.

The first step by which we lift ourselves up is a sacrificial altar.

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Form without substance not only brings no benefit,  it is downright harmful, for it destroys a powerful tool of culture.

Form without substance not only brings no benefit, it is downright harmful, for it destroys a powerful tool of culture.

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It is very easy to oblige someone be grateful, but very difficult to oblige them in such a way that they are glad to be grateful.

It is very easy to oblige someone be grateful, but very difficult to oblige them in such a way that they are glad to be grateful.

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The art of life? Reserve, discretion, moderation, in general, negation, and, in short, abnegation.

The art of life? Reserve, discretion, moderation, in general, negation, and, in short, abnegation.

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Don Quijote believed that windmills were giants. Common people believe that giants are windmills.

Don Quijote believed that windmills were giants. Common people believe that giants are windmills.

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You shudder before an abyss. Likewise in the moment when you feel the deep unlikeness that separates you from the other.

You shudder before an abyss. Likewise in the moment when you feel the deep unlikeness that separates you from the other.

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The most important thing is not the number of ideas gathered inside your head, but the connexion that brings them together.

The most important thing is not the number of ideas gathered inside your head, but the connexion that brings them together.

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Nature, our great teacher, fixes the roots of its oak in the deepest and most enduring layer of the soil and from there gives to its creation the stregth to fight and to live.

Nature, our great teacher, fixes the roots of its oak in the deepest and most enduring layer of the soil and from there gives to its creation the stregth to fight and to live.

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Limitless is your longing. How could it be contained in limited reality? There is always something left over: desperation or irony.

Limitless is your longing. How could it be contained in limited reality? There is always something left over: desperation or irony.

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Pain raises up the person of value and brings down the ordinary person. It is not every night that the stars can be seen, but only on a clear night.

Pain raises up the person of value and brings down the ordinary person. It is not every night that the stars can be seen, but only on a clear night.

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  • Date of birth: 15 February 1840
  • Date of death: 18 June 1917

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