Jean Paul Richter Quotes

There are so many tender and holy emotions, flying about in out inward world, which, like angels, can never assume the body of an outward act; so many rich and lovely flowers spring up which bear no seed, that it is a happiness poetry was invented, which receives into its limbus all those incorporeal spirits, […]

The test of an enjoyment is the remembrance which it leaves behind.

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

Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good; try to use ordinary situations.

What has puzzled us before seems less mysterious, and the crooked paths look straighter as we approach the end.

Fancy rules over two thirds of the universe, the past, and future, while reality is confined to the present.

Cheerfulness is the atmosphere in which all things thrive.

Criticism often takes from the tree caterpillars and blossoms together.

Men, like bullets, go farthest when they are smoothest.

In the child, happiness dances; in the man, at most it smiles or weeps. When a man dances, he can only express the beauty of his art, not himself or his feelings.