„Expect nothing more from philosophy than a voice, language and grammar of the instinct for Godliness that lies at its origin, and, essentially, is philosophy itself.“

—  Friedrich Schlegel, “On Philosophy: To Dorothea,” in Theory as Practice (1997), p. 421
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