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Jean Paul

1763-1825. Pseudonym of Johann Paul Friedrich Richter. German novelist and humorist.

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A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another's.

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Without God there is for mankind no purpose, no goal, no hope, only a wavering future, an eternal dread of every darkness.

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Strong character is brought out by change, weak ones by permanence.

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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.

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The darkness of death is like the evening twilight; it makes all objects appear more lovely to the dying.

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Death gives us sleep, eternal youth, and immortality.

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Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.

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Never write on a subject until you have read yourself full of it.

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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.

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In youth one has tears without grief, in old age grief without tears.

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