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.

Never write on a subject until you have read yourself full of it.

Gray hairs seem to my fancy like the soft light of the moon silvering over the evening of life.

The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world but as in whispering galleries they are clearly heard at the end and by posterity.

Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.

Whenever at a party I have been in the mood to study fools I have always looked for a great beauty: they always gather round her like flies around a fruit stall.

Men like bullets go farthest when they are smoothest.

Live your life and forget your age.

As winter strips the leaves from around us so that we may see the distant regions they formerly concealed so old age takes away our enjoyments only to enlarge the prospect of the coming eternity.

Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action, try to use ordinary situations.

Death gives us sleep eternal youth and immortality.

Sorrows gather around great souls as storms do around mountains, but like them they break the storm and purify the air of the plain beneath them.

Poverty is the only load which is the heavier the more loved ones there are to assist in bearing it.

Only actions give life strength, only moderation gives it charm.

Because the heart beats under a covering of hair of fur feathers or wings it is for that reason to be of no account?

We learn our virtues from our friends who love us, our faults from the enemy who hates us. We cannot easily discover our real character from a friend. He is a mirror on which the warmth of our breath impedes the clearness of the reflection.

A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes anothers.

Joy descends gently upon us like the evening dew and does not patter down like a hailstorm.

Two aged men that had been foes for life Met by a grave and wept - and in those tears They washed away the memory of their strife, Then wept again the loss of all those years.

Every man has a rainy corner of his life whence comes foul weather which follows him.

Age does not matter if the matter does not age.

I have made as much out of myself as could be made of the stuff and no man should require more.

Recollection is the only paradise from which we cannot be turned out.

There are souls which fall from heaven like flowers but ere they bloom are crushed under the foul tread of some brutal hoof.

You prove your worth with your actions not with your mouth.

Beauty attracts us men, but if like an armed magnet it is pointed beside with gold and silver it attracts with tenfold power.

Good actions ennoble us we are the sons of our own deeds.

There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go.

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life the clearer we should see through it.

Every friend is to the other a sun and a sunflower also. He attracts and follows.

Weaklings must lie.