Statement of Purpose – April 23, 2017

This is the post excerpt.


The general purpose of this blog is to make available research I am doing into the life and work of Theodor Gottlieb von Hippel (1741-1796).  The primary focus is on assisting those interested in the Lebensläufe nach aufsteigender Linie.


Quotation of the Day – Nov. 15, 2017

“Do you know, my friends, who the greatest misanthropes are?  Those to whom people have done the most good.  These beneficiaries know their own worthlessness, they know best of all by what means – legal and illegal – they have come into possession of this and that, and this is what makes them misanthropic.”  Hippel, 1782

Links to Hippel (may take a few seconds to open)

To access the sites listed below the pictures, simply copy and paste them into your search engine; that should get you there (i.e., to the English and German Wikipedia entries).




Based on the illustration in Bibliothek der deutschen Klassiker, Vol. 12, Th. 9 (1863), pg. 289


See also my Bibliography and List of Book Reviews, elsewhere at this site.  If you have questions about Hippel, you can always write me.  hamiltonbeck dot yahoo dot com.



Quotation of the Day (Hippel)

“Here on earth we learn languages in order to deal with Nature.  We want to be on good terms with her, and since her court language is unknown, we try to cope by having many languages at the ready.  And since no one can really know more than a single language, we approach her with a freight-load of dictionaries and grammar books so that with the assistance of these translators, we can be received by Queen Nature.”

– Theodor Gottlieb von Hippel, 1778