“In [Socratic] irony, everything should be playful and serious, guilelessly open and deeply hidden….”
“In [Socratic] irony, everything should be playful and serious, guilelessly open and deeply hidden….”

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“In [Socratic] irony, everything should be playful and serious, guilelessly open and deeply hidden. … It contains and arouses a feeling of indissoluble antagonism between the absolute and the relative, between the impossibility and the necessity of complete communication. It is the freest of all licenses, for by its means one transcends oneself; and yet it is also the most lawful, for it is absolutely necessary.”

Friedrich Schlegel, Critical Fragments

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