Jean Paul (1763-1825) quotes

 

  • A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another's.
  • A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward.
  • Age does not matter if the matter does not age.
  • As winter strip the leaves from around us, so that we may see the distant regions they formaly concealed, so old age takes away our enjoyments only to enlarge the prospect of the coming eternity.
  • Be great in act, as you have been in thought.
  • Courage consists not in blindly overlooking danger, but in seeing it, and conquering it.
  • Death gives us sleep, eternal youth, and immortality.
  • Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations.
  • Every friend is to the other's a sun, and a sunflower also. He attracts and follows.
  • Every man has a rainy corner of his life whence comes foul weather which follows him.
  • For sleep, riches and health to be truly enjoyed, they must be interrupted.
  • God is an unutterable sigh, planted in the depths of the soul.
  • Good actions ennoble us, we are the sons of our own deeds.
  • Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or else forgiving another.
  • I have made as much out of myself as could be made of the stuff, and no man should require more.
  • It is simpler and easier to flatter people than to praise them.
  • Joy descends gently upon us like the evening dew, and does not patter down like a hailstorm.
  • Never part without loving words to think of during your absence. It may be that you will not meet again in this life.
  • Recollection is the only paradise from which we cannot be turned out.
  • Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
  • The darkness of death is like the evening twilight; it makes all objects appear more lovely to the dying.
  • The miracle on earth are the laws of heaven.
  • The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.
  • There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go.
  • There is a joy in sorrow which none but a mourner can know.
  • Two aged men, that had been foes for life, met by a grave, and wept, and in those tears, they washed away the memory of their strife; then wept again the loss of all those years.
  • Weaklings must lie.
  • What makes old age so sad is not that our joys but our hopes cease.
  • You prove your worth with your actions, not with your mouth.

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