„The modern clercs have created in so-called cultivated society a positive romanticism of harshness. The have also created a romanticism of contempt.“

—  Julien Benda, Treason of the Intellectuals (1927), p. 143
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„I don't have any romanticism about any part of my past.“

—  John Lennon English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980
Playboy interview (1980), Context: I don't have any romanticism about any part of my past. I think of it only inasmuch as it gave me pleasure or helped me grow psychologically. That is the only thing that interests me about yesterday. I don't believe in yesterday, by the way. You know I don't believe in yesterday. I am only interested in what I am doing now.

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„Existentialism is romanticism, and romanticism is the feeling that man is not the mere he has always taken himself for.“

—  Colin Wilson author 1931 - 2013
Introduction to the New Existentialism (1966), Context: Now the basic impulse behind existentialism is optimistic, very much like the impulse behind all science. Existentialism is romanticism, and romanticism is the feeling that man is not the mere he has always taken himself for. Romanticism began as a tremendous surge of optimism about the stature of man. Its aim — like that of science — was to raise man above the muddled feelings and impulses of his everyday humanity, and to make him a god-like observer of human existence. p. 96

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„The fact that the prevailing mood of modern culture was able to transmute the original pessimism of romanticism into an optimistic creed proves the power of this mood.“

—  Reinhold Niebuhr American protestant theologian 1892 - 1971
Faith and History: A Comparison of Christian and Modern Views of History (1949), Context: The fact that the prevailing mood of modern culture was able to transmute the original pessimism of romanticism into an optimistic creed proves the power of this mood. Only occasionally the original pessimism erupts in full vigor, as in the thought of a Schopenhauer or Nietzsche. The subjugation of romantic pessimism, together with the transmutation of Marxist catastrophism establishes historical optimism far beyond the confines of modern rationalism. Though there are minor dissonances the whole chorus of modern culture learned to sing the new song of hope in remarkable harmony. The redemption of mankind, by whatever means, was assured for the future. It was, in fact, assured by the future.

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„The world must be romanticized.“

—  Novalis German poet and writer 1772 - 1801
Context: The world must be romanticized. In this way the originary meaning may be found again. As quoted in The Experience of the Foreign : Culture and Translation in Romantic Germany (1992) by Antoine Berman Variant translation: Romanticize the world.

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„Dynamic ecstasy is absolute romanticism, absolute heroism.“

—  Juan Ramón Jimenéz Spanish poet 1881 - 1958
Context: Dynamic ecstasy is absolute romanticism, absolute heroism. And here I return to my point. From my point of view, after the catastrophe which we feel and think is universal, a catastrophe resulting from an excess of useless dynamism of useless progress, of useless realism, of useless technology, after this an unattainable democracy is to be reached through the conception and realization of a new romanticism. "Heroic Reason", as translated by H. R. Hays, in Selected Writings of Juan Ramon Jimenez (1957) edited by Eugenio Florit, p. 231.

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„The world is rejuvenated, but as Heine so wittily remarked, it was rejuvenated by romanticism to such a degree that it became a baby again.“

—  Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855
1840s, On the Concept of Irony with Continual Reference to Socrates (1841), p. 304

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„Could it be that sexual perversion and romanticism sprang from the same longing for distant horizons?“

—  Colin Wilson, livro The Misfits: A Study of Sexual Outsiders
The Misfits: A Study of Sexual Outsiders (1988), p. 17

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