Quotes by Jean Paul

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

In youth one has tears without grief, in old age grief without tears.
No one is more profoundly sad as one who laughs too much.
The timid are afraid before the danger, the cowardly while in danger, and the courageous after danger.
Passion makes the best observations and the sorriest conclusions.
Despair is the only genuine atheism.
The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.
Only action gives life strength, only moderation gives it charm.
Without God there is for mankind no purpose, no goal, no hope, only a wavering future, an eternal dread of every darkness.
Joys are our wings, sorrows our spurs.
Idleness is many gathered miseries in one name.
Humankind's chief fault is that they have so many small ones.
Variety in mere nothings gives more pleasure than uniformity of something s.
The only medicine that does women more good than harm is dress.
Memory is the only paradise from which we cannot be driven.
No author can be as moral as his work and no preacher as pious as his sermons.
The parent is low, who having children, truly feels bored.
The end we aim at must be known, before the way can be made.
The look of a king is itself a deed.
No rest is worth anything except the rest that is earned.
Cares are often more difficult to throw off than sorrows; the latter die with time, the former grow.
No heroine can create a hero through love of one, but she can give birth to one.
The child is not to be educated for the present, but for the remote future, and often is opposition to the immediate future.
Other exercises develop single powers and muscles, but dancing embellishes, exercises, and equalizes all the muscles at once.
Brevity is the body and soul of wit.