Friedrich Hoelderlin Quote

“What has always made the state a hell on earth has been precisely that man has tried to make it his heaven.”

~ Friedrich Hoelderlin

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Bob Davis, North Yarmouth ME

Hayek uses this to introduce his chapter on The Great Utopian in The Road to Serfdom. It could not be more appropriate.

Mike, Norwalk

yep, I've always like the quote

Waffler, Smith, Arkansas

This is cute but it requires us to accept his proposition that "the state is hell on earth". Latest polls showed general happiness around the globe with USA kind of low on the list of happiness. But that was due apparently with the unpopularity of the soon to be late Bush Presidency.

jim k, austin

Waff, it could also be the fear of what Obama brings to the presidency. His economic policies will make this economy look great by comparison.

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RBESRQ    11/25/08

Manipulation of others is mans biggest folly and the worlds saddest times

E Archer, NYC

All too true whether it is religion or politics.

warren, olathe

Don't worry about Waffler. He will only see a wonderful presidency while Obama is Pres. and the press will do all it can to make things look rosy. No matter how many disastrous things are done to "help" the economy.

Patrick Henry, Red Hill

Dystopia creating Utopians are, unfailingly, thoroughly self-deluded beings who exist in morbid states of idolatrous identification with their psychotically highly idealized self concepts. Esteeming themselves to be immeasurably worthier than they are, they can reliably be relied upon ever to have a better idea.


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