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.
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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