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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It is our kindest and tenderest emotion which we screen from the world.

It is only reason that teaches silence. The heart teaches us to speak.

It is a part of good breeding that a man should be polite even to himself.

Individuality is everywhere to be guarded and honored as the root of all good.

If self-knowledge be a path to virtue, virtue is a much better one to self-knowledge. The more pure the soul becomes, it will, like certain precious stones that are sensible to the contact of poison, shrink from the fetid vapors of evil impressions.

Idleness is many, gathered miseries in one name.

Friendship requires deeds.

Every man has two educations--that which is given to him, and the other, that which he gives to himself. Of the two kinds, the latter is by far the most valuable. Indeed, all that is most worthy in a man, he must work out and conquer for himself. It is that that constitutes our real and best nourishment. What we are merely taught seldom nourishes the mind like that which we teach ourselves.

Cares are often more difficult to thrown off than sorrows; the latter die with time, the former grow upon it.

Brevity is the body and soul of wit. It is wit itself, for it alone isolates sufficiently for contrasts; because redundancy or diffuseness produces no distinctions.

Begin the education of the heart, not with the cultivation of noble propensities, but with the cutting away of those that are evil. When once the noxious herbs are withered and rooted out, then the more noble plants, strong in themselves, will shoot upwards. The virtuous heart, like the body, becomes strong and healthy more by labor than nourishment.

A small sorrow distracts, a great one makes us collected; as a bell loses its clear tone when slightly cracked, and recovers it if the fissure is enlarged.

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

Be great in act, as you have been in thought.

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.

Our memories are the only paradise from which we can never be expelled.

Paradise is always where love dwells.

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

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.

Man's feelings are always purest and most glowing in the hour of meeting and of farewell.

Fancy rules over two thirds of the universe, the past, and future, while reality is confined to the present.

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

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.

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

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

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German Romantic Writer and Novelist