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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If there were no future life, our souls would not thirst for it.

If men had only temptations to great sins, they would always be good; but the daily fight with little ones accustoms them to defeat.

If adversity purifies men, why not nations?

If a child tells a lie, tell him that he has told a lie, but don't call him a liar. If you define him as a liar, you break down his confidence in his own character.

He who has not lost his head over some things has no head to lose.

Flowers never emit so sweet and strong a fragrance as before a storm approaches thee, be as fragrant as a sweet-smelling flower.

Fine minds are seldom fine souls.

Every man deems that he has precisely the trials and temptations which are the hardest of all for him to bear; but they are so, because they are the very ones he needs.

Each departed friend is a magnet that attracts us to the next world.

Death gives us sleep, eternal youth, and immortality.

All weighty things are done in solitude, that is, without society. The means of improvement consist not in projects, or in any violent designs, for these cool, and cool very soon, but in patient practicing for whole long days, by which I make the thing clear to my highest reason.

A scholar knows no boredom.

A child’s eye, like the sun, never draws water so readily as in the hot temperature of pleasure.

What is highest and noblest in man conceals itself.

To truth belongs freedom.

There is no calamity like ignorance.

The happiness life consists, like the day, not in single flashes of light, but in one continuous mild serenity. The most beautiful period of the heart's existence is in this calm, equable light, even although it be only moonshine or twilight. Now the mind alone can obtain for us this heavenly cheerfulness and peace.

The grandest of heroic deeds are those which are performed within four walls and in domestic privacy.

The clew of our destiny, wander where we will, lies at the cradle foot.

Never does a man portray his own character more vividly than in his manner of portraying another.

Men ascribe a great value in the sight of God to their barren belief. Why are we so anxious that our neighbor should have our faith and not our practice?

Love requires not so much proofs, as expressions, of love. Love demands little else than the power to feel and to requite love.

Long talking begets short hearing, for people go away.

Letters which are warmly sealed are often but coldly opened.

Joys are our wings, sorrows are our spurs.

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German Romantic Writer and Novelist