Jean Paul

Jean Paul

Jean Paul (21 March 1763 – 14 November 1825), born Johann Paul Friedrich Richter, was a German Romantic writer, best known for his humorous novels and stories. His novels were especially admired by women. This was due to the empathy with which Jean Paul created the female characters in his works: never before in German literature were women represented with such psychological depth. 

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Like a morning dream, life becomes more and more bright the longer we live, and the reason of everything appears more clear. What has puzzled us before seems less mysterious, and the crooked paths look straighter as we approach the end.

The darkness of death is like the evening twilight, it makes all objects appear more lovely to the dying.

It is simpler and easier to flatter people than to praise them.

The miracle on earth are the laws of heaven.

Woman and men of retiring timidity are cowardly only in dangers which affect themselves, but the first to rescue when others are in danger.

For sleep, riches and health to be truly enjoyed, they must be interrupted.

A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward.

Courage consists not in blindly overlooking danger, but in seeing it and conquering it.

Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness or else forgiving another.

The conscience of children is formed by the influences that surround them, their notions of good and evil are the result of the moral atmosphere they breathe.

Never part without loving words to think of during your absence. It may be that you will not meet again in this life.

Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life.

There is a joy in sorrow which none but a mourner can know.

Every man regards his own life as the New Year's Eve of time.

Sorrows are like thunderclouds in the distance they look black over our heads scarcely gray.

Be great in act as you have been in thought.

Strong characters are brought out by change of situation and gentle ones by permanence.

Variety of mere nothings gives more pleasure than uniformity of something.

God is an unutterable sigh planted in the depths of the soul.

What makes old age so sad is not that our joys but our hopes cease.

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