Karl Wilhelm von Humboldt Quotes

How a person masters his fate is more important than what his fate is. Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt

Whatever does not spring from a man’s free choice, or is only the result of instruction and guidance, does not enter into his very being, but still remains alien to his true nature; he does not perform it with truly human energies, but merely with mechanical exactness. Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt

War seems to be one of the most salutary phenomena for the culture of human nature; and it is not without regret that I see it disappearing more and more from the scene. Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt

If it were possible to make an accurate calculation of the evils which police regulations occasion, and of those which they prevent, the number of the former would, in all cases, exceed that of the latter. Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt

Freedom may lead to many transgressions, but it lends even to vices a less ignoble form. Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt

We cannot assume the injustice of any actions which only create offence, and especially as regards religion and morals. He who utters or does anything to wound the conscience and moral sense of others, may indeed act immorally; but, so long as he is not guilty of being importunate, he violates no right. Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt