Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock

German poet, writer and linguist

Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock (July 2, 1724March 14, 1803) was a German poet.

Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock (circa 1779)


  • The God who created these fair heavens with the same facility as yon green sapling; he who hath bestowed on man a life of toil, of transient joys and fleeting pains, that he might not forget the higher worth of his enduring soul, and might feel that immortality waited for him beyond the grave;—He, he is one only God!
    • The Messiah, VII. 460; as quoted in Beautiful thoughts from German and Spanish authors (1868) by C.T. Ramage, p. 240
  • He who has an opinion of his own, but depends upon the opinion and taste of others, is a slave.
    • As quoted in Day's Collacon: an Encyclopaedia of Prose Quotations (1884), p. 639