Johannes Hoffmeister in Paris
Hoffmeister and the Hölderlin Commemoration in Paris
"Friedrich Hölderlin, in commemoration of the Centenary of his Death, 6 June 1943" (Paris, Sorlot, 1943)
"oriented Hegel, who was struggling painfully with the flat rationalism of the movement of Enlightenment, towards his study on the Spirit of Christianity, where the philosopher breaks for the first time, in a step that retains all its value, the narrow restraints of reasoning and opens his eyes freely on the destiny and history of the mind of the world" (pages 16, 17).
Kurt Hildebrandt on the Spirit of Germany and Europe
"However, we must recognise that the direct influence of Rousseau on Hölderlin was weak. In his youth, his thought was formed by Klopstock, by Herder, by Goethe and Schiller and, in an indirect way, above all by Leibniz and by Winckelmann." (page 88)
"Who believes in the persistence of an innocent and peaceable happiness without heroic trial and who knows no other aspiration than to doze away in the enjoyment of modest personal joys is not worthy to read the poems of Hölderlin." (page 103)
Maurice Boucher on Hölderlin and Mythic Lyricism
"Above all, if one considers well, and it is impossible to do otherwise, the fundamental tone of his religiosity, that is to say this confident submission, obedience (which does not exclude the strength of will and the acceptance of tests) the abandon in love and the filial piety in accomplishing orders from on high, one finds oneself in a fully Christian atmosphere." (page 128)This fundamentally challenges the interpretation of Hildebrand. Boucher went on to write books on on National Feeling in Germany (1947), German reactions to the French Revolution (1954) and The German Novel (1961). The approach to aesthetics which Boucher's contribution embodies is easily combined with philosophical reflection. He sounds like an interesting writer though more on general literature than philosophy. In relation to French Hegel-scholarship, Jean Wahl acknowledged his help in Le malheur de la conscience dans la philosophie de Hegel (1929, 12n). I’m not sure if he is the same person who wrote on Debussy on the 1930s but he seems very knowledgeable about music.
Martin Heidegger on Hölderlin and the Essence of Poetry
"the most innocent of all occupations"
"Was bleibet aber, stiften die Dichter.
But what remains, the poets establish."
Hoffmeister on Hölderlin's Image of the Philosopher
"His virtue is understanding, his goddess necessity."