Jean Paul Richter

1763 - 1825

A Quote by Jean Paul Richter on authors, death, determination, friendship, god, good, and justice

It has been jestingly said that the works of John Paul Richter are almost unintelligible to any but the Germans, and even to some of them. A worthy German, just before Richter's death, edited a complete edition of his works, in which one particular passage fairly puzzled him. Determined to have it explained at the source, he went to John Paul himself. The author's reply was very characteristic: "My good friend, when I wrote that passage, God and I knew what it meant; it is possible that God knows it still; but as for me, I have totally forgotten."

Jean Paul Richter (1763 - 1825)

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A Quote by Jean Paul Richter on courage, cowardice, danger, time, and timidity

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

Jean Paul Richter (1763 - 1825)

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A Quote by Jean Paul Richter on army, character, friendship, individuality, influence, life, nations, spirit, teachers, and work

In later life, as in earlier, only a few persons influence the formation of our character; the multitude pass us by like a distant army. One friend, one teacher, one beloved, one club, one dining table, one work table are the means by which one's nation and the spirit of one's nation affect the individual.

Jean Paul Richter (1763 - 1825)

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A Quote by Jean Paul Richter on health and sleep

Sleep, riches, and health, to be truly enjoyed, must be interrupted.

Jean Paul Richter (1763 - 1825)

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A Quote by Jean Paul Richter on future, good, soul, present, and thought

How narrow our souls become when absorbed in any present good or ill! It is only the thought of the future that makes them great.

Jean Paul Richter (1763 - 1825)

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A Quote by Jean Paul Richter on character

Never does a man portray his own character more vividly than in his manner of portraying another.

Jean Paul Richter (1763 - 1825)

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A Quote by Jean Paul Richter on action, charm, life, moderation, and strength

Only actions give life strength; only moderation gives it charm.

Jean Paul Richter (1763 - 1825)

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A Quote by Jean Paul Richter on character

A man never shows his own character so plainly as by his manner of portraying another's.

Jean Paul Richter (1763 - 1825)

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