Jean Paul Richter Quotes

The smallest children are nearest to God, as the smallest planets are nearest the sun.

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.

Anger wishes all mankind had only one neck; love, that it had only one heart.

Nothing is more beautiful than cheerfulness in an old face.

Like a morning dream, life becomes more and more bright the longer we live, and the reason of everything appears more clear. What has puzzled us before seems less mysterious, and the crooked paths look straighter as we approach the end.

Only actions give life its strength, as only moderation gives it its charm.