Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel — German Philosopher born on August 27, 1770, died on November 14, 1831

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was a German philosopher of the late Enlightenment. He achieved wide renown in his day and, while primarily influential within the continental tradition of philosophy, has become increasingly influential in the analytic tradition as well. Although he remains a divisive figure, his canonical stature within Western philosophy is universally recognized... (wikipedia)

When liberty is mentioned, we must always be careful to observe whether it is not really the assertion of private interests which is thereby designated.
To him who looks upon the world rationally, the world in its turn presents a rational aspect. The relation is mutual.
The learner always begins by finding fault, but the scholar sees the positive merit in everything.
Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights.
The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom.