Hegel received his theological certificate from the Tübingen Seminary but was characterized as a capable person yet unstudious, ignorant and inarticulate. We know from history that teachers were wrong. The same applies to inarticulateness because Hegel’s aphorisms live to this day. Hegel’s biting reply to opponents during the defense of his doctoral thesis made it into and remained a part of history. In his work, the philosopher claimed that there must be no celestial bodies between Mars and Jupiter. Unfortunately, it was on this day that the dwarf planet Ceres was discovered. “But the facts are different,” Hegel was told. “So much the worse for the facts,” Hegel replied.
Among Hegel’s most quoted aphorisms is his classic phrase that all facts in world history occur, as it were, twice; the first time as tragedy, the second as farce. In the same aphoristic way, Hegel described his teachings. According to him, his philosophy could not be summarized in brief, in simple terms or in French. We know from Lenin to Mayakovsky that Hegel’s strong point is dialectics. Vladimir Ilyich considered it to be one of the sources for Marxism, while Vladimir Vladimirovich assured that “our dialectics was not learned from Hegel.” Hegel’s legacy is vast and had a great influence on the philosophy of the 19th and 20th centuries. He realized first-hand and stated aphoristically: truth was born as heresy and dies as delusion. In Hegel’s thought, the practical usefulness of philosophy finds endorsement in the career of Alexander the Great who, as is known, learnt from the Greek philosopher Aristotle.