Jean Paul, born Johann Paul Friedrich Richter, aka Jean Paul Richter

Paul, born Johann Paul Friedrich Richter, aka Jean Paul Richter

German Romantic Writer and Novelist

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Strong feelings do not necessarily make a strong character. The strength of a man is to be measured by the power of the feelings he subdues, not by the power of those which subdue him... Cultivate consideration for the feelings of other people if you would not have your own injured.

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

Sorrow causes more absence of mind and confusion than so-called levity.

Sleep, riches, and health are only truly enjoyed after they have been interrupted.

Since truthfulness, as a conscious virtue and sacrifice, is the blossom, nay, the pollen, of the whole moral growth, it can only grow with its growth, and open when it has reached its height.

Prayer purifies: it is a self-preached sermon.

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

Passion makes the best observations and draws the most wretched conclusions.

Only a few persons influence the formation of our character.

Oh, only a free soul will never grow old!

No school is more necessary to children than patience, because either the will must be broken in childhood or the heart in old age.

No one is so much alone in the world as a denier of God.

No man needs money so much as he who despises it.

Music is the only one of the fine arts in which not only man, but all other animals, have a common property.

More joyful eyes look at the setting, than at the rising sun. Burdens are laid down by the poor, whom the sun consoles more than the rich. I yearn toward him when he sets, not when he rises.

Memory is the only paradise from which we cannot be driven.

Man has here two and a half minutes - one to smile, one to sigh, and half an one to love; for in the midst of this minute he dies.

Man can only learn to rise from the consideration of that which he cannot surmount.

Love lessens woman's delicacy and increases man's.

Look upon every day as the whole of life, not merely as a section; and enjoy and improve the present without wishing, through haste, to rush on to another.

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.

Let us accept different forms of religion among men, as we accept different languages, wherein there is still but one human nature expressed. Every genius has most power in his own language, and every heart in its own religion.

It is good to respect old thoughts in the newest books, because the old works in which they stand are not read. New translations of many truths, as of foreign standard works, must be given forth every half-century.

It is a well-known psychological fact that the conscience of children is formed by the influences that surround them; and that their notions of good and evil are the result of the moral atmosphere they breathe.

It is a delightful thought that, during the familiarity of constant proximity, the heart gathers up in silence the nutriment of love, as the diamond, even beneath the water, imbibes the light it emits. Time, which deadens hatred, secretly strengthens love.

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German Romantic Writer and Novelist