The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.— Jean Paul
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Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life.
The guardian angels of life sometimes fly so high as to be beyond our sight, but they are always looking down upon us.
Brevity is the body and soul of wit.
Paradise is always where love dwells.
Courage consists not in blindly overlooking danger, but in seeing it, and conquering it.
God is an unutterable sigh, planted in the depths of the soul.
Never part without loving words to think of during your absence.
It may be that you will not meet again in this life.
In women everything is heart, even the head.
The happiness of life consists, like the day, not in single flashes (of light), but in one continuous mild serenity. The most beautiful period of the heart's existence is in this calm equable light, even although it be only moonshine or twilight. Now the mind alone can obtain for us this heavenly cheerfulness and peace.
Because the heart beats under a covering of hair, of fur, feathers, or wings, it is, for that reason, to be of no account?
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes anothers.
A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward.
Art is indeed not the bread but the wine of life.
Man's feelings are always purest and most glowing in the hour of meeting and of farewell.
In youth one has tears without grief, in old age grief without tears.
Universal love is a glove without fingers, which fits all bands alike and none closely; but true affection is like a glove with fingers, which fits one hand only, and sits close to that one.
A sky full of silent suns.
Recollection is the only paradise from which we cannot be turned out.
Memory is the only paradise from which we cannot be driven.
There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go.
There are souls which fall from heaven like flowers, but ere they bloom are crushed under the foul tread of some brutal hoof.
Despair is the only genuine atheism.
Every man regards his own life as the New Year's Eve of time.
Man has here two and a half minutes-one to smile, one to sigh, and a half to love: for in the midst of this minute he dies.
What a father says to his children is not heard by the world, but it will be heard by posterity.
Two aged men, that had been foes for life, Met by a grave, and wept - and in those tears They washed away the memory of their strife; Then wept again the loss of all those years.
Each departed friend is a magnet that attracts us to the next world.
Humankind's chief fault is that they have so many small ones.
The last, best fruit which comes to late perfection, even in the kindliest soul, is tenderness toward the hard, forbearance toward the unforbearing, warmth of heart toward the cold, philanthropy toward the misanthropic.
Romanticism is beauty without bounds-the beautiful infinite.
Sorrows gather around great souls as storms do around mountains;
but, like them, they break the storm and purify the air of the plain beneath them.
The gymnasium of running, walking on stilts, climbing, etc.
stells and makes hardy single powers and muscles, but dancing, like a corporeal poesy, embellishes, exercises, and equalizes all the muscles at once.
There is a joy in sorrow which none but a mourner can know.
Poverty is the only load which is the heavier the more loved ones there are to assist in bearing it.
He thought of the mouldering child, which laid its withered thin arms around his soul, as if it were his own, and to whom Death had given as much as a god gave to Endymion, — sleep, eternal youth, and immortality.
I would rather dwell in the dim fog of superstition than in air rarefied to nothing by the air-pump of unbelief-in which the panting breast expires, vainly and convulsively gasping for breath.
No one is more profoundly sad as one who laughs too much.
Strong character is brought out by change, weak ones by permanence.
A scholar knows no boredom.
Only deeds give strength to life, only moderation gives it charm.
Cares are often more difficult to throw off than sorrows; the latter die with time, the former grow.
The child is not to be educated for the present, but for the remote future, and often is opposition to the immediate future.
Beauty attracts us men; but if, like an armed magnet it is pointed, beside, with gold and silver, it attracts with tenfold power.
Jesus is the purest among the mighty, and the mightiest among the pure, who, with his pierced hand has raised empires from their foundations, turned the stream of history from its old channel, and still continues to rule and guide the ages
Without God there is for mankind no purpose, no goal, no hope, only a wavering future, an eternal dread of every darkness.
It is easy to flatter; it is harder to praise.
People will not bear it when advice is violently given, even if it is well founded. Hearts are flowers; they remain open to the softly falling dew, but shut up in the violent downpour of rain.
With so many thousand joys, is it not black ingratitude to call the world a place of sorrow and torment?
For no one does life drag more disagreeably than for those who try to speed it up.