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 :: 1763-1825, German Novelist

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Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
~ Jean Paul Richter - [Character]

 

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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.
~ Jean Paul Richter - [Guidance]

 

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The darkness of death is like the evening twilight; it makes all objects appear more lovely to the dying.
~ Jean Paul Richter - [Death and Dying]

 

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The miracle on earth are the laws of heaven.
~ Jean Paul Richter - [Miracles]

 

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The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering galleries, they are clearly heard at the end, and by posterity.
~ Jean Paul Richter - [Influence]

 

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True, what you sacrifice for the world is but poorly recognized by it; for it is man that rules and reaps the harvest; the thousand night watches and sacrifices by which a mother secures the state a hero or a poet are forgotten, not even mentioned, for the mother herself does not mention them, and so one century after another do the wives, unknown and unrewarded send forth the arrows, the starts the storm-birds and the nightingales of time.
~ Jean Paul Richter - [Truth]

 

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Variety of mere nothings gives more pleasure than uniformity of something.
~ Jean Paul Richter - [Variety]

 

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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.
~ Jean Paul Richter - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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Weaklings must lie.
~ Jean Paul Richter - [Weakness]

 

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Whenever, at a party, I have been in the mood to study fools, I have always looked for a great beauty: they always gather round her like flies around a fruit stall.
~ Jean Paul Richter - [Parties]

 

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Woman and men of retiring timidity are cowardly only in dangers which affect themselves, but the first to rescue when others are in danger.
~ Jean Paul Richter - [Courage]

 

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