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Jean Paul Richter Quotes

German humorist
(1763 - 1826)

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"Give me," said Herder to his son, as he lay in the parched weariness of his last illness, give me a great thought, that I may quicken myself with it."

A loving maiden grows unconsciously more bold.

A small sorrow distracts; a great one makes us collected.

A timid person is frightened before a danger; a coward during the time; and a courageous person afterward.

A woman who could always love would never grow old; and the love of mother and wife would often give or preserve many charms if it were not too often combined with parental and conjugal anger. There remains in the faces of women who are naturally serene and peaceful, and of those rendered so by religion, an after-spring, and later an after-summer, the reflex of their most beautiful bloom.

According to Democritus, truth lies at the bottom of a well, the water of which serves as a mirror in which objects may be reflected. - I have heard, however, that some philosophers, in seeking for truth, to pay homage to her, have seen their own image and adored it instead.

All loving emotions, like plants, shoot up most rapidly in the tempestuous atmosphere of life.

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.

Beauty attracts us men; but if, like an armed magnet it is pointed, beside, with gold or silver, it attracts with ten-fold power.

Because a total eclipse of the sun is above my own head, I will not therefore insist that there must be an eclipse in America also; and because snowflakes fall before my own nose, I need not believe that the Gold Coast is also snowed up.

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

Charms which, like flowers, lie on the surface and always glitter, easily produce vanity; hence women, wits, players, soldiers, are vain, owing to their presence, figure, and dress. On the contrary, other excellences, which lie down deep like gold, and are discovered with difficulty-strength, profoundness of intellect, morality - leave their possessors modest and proud.

Courage consists, not in blindly overlooking danger, but in seeing and conquering it.

Criticism often takes from the tree caterpillars and blossoms together.

Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good actions: try to use ordinary situations.

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

Everything holy is before what is unholy; guilt presupposes innocence, not the reverse. - Angels, but not fallen ones, were created. - Man does not properly rise to the highest, but first sinks down from it, and then afterward rises again.

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

Feelings come and go, like light troops following the victory of the present; but principles, like troops of the line, are undisturbed and stand fast.

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

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