Of Form and Beauty

"Form is the only thing to which beauty attaches itself." -- Georg Simmel (1858 – 1918, German sociologist, philosopher, art historian, and critic)                                               

Of Change and the Concept of Causality

"Herbart offers the insight that change is so contradictory and unacceptable to us that we use the concept of causality to make it perceptible and meaningful.  The unintelligibility of change is shattering and is only mitigated by making...

Of the Real

"Unlike Hegel's statement that everything real is rational, Schopenhauer's opinion would be that everything real is nonrational." -- Georg Simmel (1858 – 1918, German sociologist, philosopher,     art historian, and critic)   ...

Of Facts and Words

"The individual facts of existence can be verbally designated." -- Georg Simmel (1858 – 1918, German sociologist, philosopher,    art historian, and critic)                                                               

Of Opposites

"Opposites need each other." -- Georg Simmel (1858 – 1918, German sociologist, philosopher,     art historian, and critic)                                         

Of Fichte's Idealism

"In Fichte's idealism the ego is the only thing that exists absolutely, producing the world through its imagination." -- Georg Simmel (1858 – 1918, German sociologist, philosopher, art     historian, and critic)   ...

Of Existence and Consciousness

"For the ego existence is consciousness." -- Georg Simmel (1858 – 1918, German sociologist, philosopher,     art historian, and critic)                                

Of Religion and Redemption

"It is hopeless to explain the need for redemption to those who are not religious." -- Georg Simmel (1858 – 1918, German sociologist, philosopher,     art historian, and critic)                                             

Of Kantian Experience and Epistemology

"Rationalism was dethroned by Kant in the special area of epistemology and was replaced by experience as the sole bearer of the possibility of cognizing reality." -- Georg Simmel (1858 – 1918, German sociologist, philosopher,     art...

Of Being What One Ought To Be

"What a person ought to be is what a person already is." -- Georg Simmel (1858 – 1918, German sociologist, philosopher, art historian, and critic)                                                

Of What We Are

"We are what we are not yet." -- Georg Simmel (1858 – 1918, German sociologist, philosopher,     art historian, and critic)                                                           

Of Self-Experience and Self-Transcendence

"We experience ourselves always as more than we are, as something transcending given reality." -- Georg Simmel (1858 – 1918, German sociologist, philosopher, art     historian, and critic)   ...

Of Being and Consciousness

"Being bears consciousness of itself in itself."  -- Georg Simmel (1858 – 1918, German sociologist, philosopher,     art historian, and critic)                      

Of Human Finitude

"As finite we are more than finite." -- Georg Simmel (1858 – 1918, German sociologist, philosopher,    art historian, and critic)                                         

Of Ontological Mutualism and Reciprocity

"All being is interrelated, regardless of categorial classification." -- Georg Simmel (1858 – 1918, German sociologist, philosopher,     art historian, and critic)                                      

Of Human Will and Human Action

"The will is action." -- Georg Simmel (1858 – 1918, German sociologist, philosopher,     art historian, and critic)                                         

Of Hypocrisy

Those who desire power, and those who gain power will usually pretend to have the virtues and values of those whom they succeed in overpowering.                                               

Of Giving and the Liberation and Perfection of the Soul

"The parable of the rich young man who is supposed to give all of his possessions to the poor is not a lesson in how to give alms but a commentary on how giving is a means and support for the liberation and perfection of the soul." --...

Of the Value of Existence

"The stand for the value or lack of value of existence depends in resolute and principled natures on the specific reaction that their innermost soul exhibits to happiness or suffering." -- Georg Simmel (1858 – 1918, German sociologist,...

Of Moral Virtue

If moral virtue is always a positive act of the will, then immoral vice is always a negative act of the will.                                             

Of Giving and Getting

"When you give you also get your share." -- Anonymous