Wilhelm von Humboldt Quote

In every remodelling of the present, the existing condition of things must be supplanted by a new one. Now every variety of circumstances in which men find themselves, every object which surrounds them, communicates a definite form and impress to their internal nature. This form is not such that it can change and adapt itself to any other a man may choose to receive; and the end is foiled, while the power is destroyed, when we attempt to impose upon that which is already stamped in the soul a form which disagrees with it.


Ch. 16 - The Limits of State Action (1792)

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In every remodelling of the present, the existing condition of things must be supplanted by a new one. Now every variety of circumstances in which...

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In every remodelling of the present, the existing condition of things must be supplanted by a new one. Now every variety of circumstances in which...

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In every remodelling of the present, the existing condition of things must be supplanted by a new one. Now every variety of circumstances in which...

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In every remodelling of the present, the existing condition of things must be supplanted by a new one. Now every variety of circumstances in which...