Carl Spitteler Quotes

Carl Friedrich Georg Spitteler (24 April 1845 – 29 December 1924) was a Swiss poet who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1919 "in special appreciation of his epic, Olympian Spring". His work includes both pessimistic and heroic poems.

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At my father's request I took up the study of law at the University of Zurich In 1863.

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In July, 1892, fate suddenly granted me financial independence.

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I left for Petersburg in August, 1871 and stayed there until 1879.

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I moved to Lucerne, where I have lived happily with my family ever since.

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