Jean Paul

Jean Paul

German poet (ps. of Johann P.F. Richter)

Lived from: 1763-1825

Category: Poets (Contemporary)

Quotes: Jean Paul

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    A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
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    A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterwards.
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    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.
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    Brevity is the body and soul of wit.
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    Cares are often more difficult to throw off than sorrows; the latter die with time, the former grow.
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    Courage consists not in blindly overlooking danger, but in seeing it, and conquering it.
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    Death gives us sleep, eternal youth, and immortality.
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    Despair is the only genuine atheism.
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    Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations.
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    Every friend is to the other a sun, and a sunflower also. He attracts and follows.
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    Every man has a rainy corner of his life whence comes foul weather which follows him.
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    Gray hairs seem to my fancy like the soft light of the moon, silvering over the evening of life.
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    Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or else forgiving another.
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    Humankind's chief fault is that they have so many small ones.
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    I have made as much out of myself as could be made of the stuff, and no man should require more.
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