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German novelist and writer
(1763 - 1825)
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But the grave is not deep; it is the shining tread of an angel that seeks us. When the unknown hand throws the fatal dart at the end of man, then boweth he his head and the dart only lifts the crown of thorns from his wounds.
      - [Death]

By Heaven! upon the game man, as upon a vine-planted mount, there grow more kinds of wine, than one; on the south side something little worse than nectar, on the north side something little better than vinegar.
      - [Contrast]

Cares are often more difficult to thrown off than sorrows; the latter die with time, the former grow upon it.
      - [Care]

Charms which, like flowers, lie on the surface and always glitter, easily produce vanity; hence women, wits, players, soldiers, are vain, owing to their presence, figure and dress. On the contrary, other excellences, which lie down like gold and are discovered with difficulty, leave their possessors modest and proud.
      - [Charm]

Clouds are the veil behind which the face of day coquettishly hides itself, to enhance its beauty.
      - [Adversity]

Connoisseur says that every secret he tells to one of the fair sex is a sticking-plaster, which attaches him to her, and often begets a second secret.
      - [Secrecy]

Courage consists not in blindly overlooking danger, but in seeing it and conquering it.
      - [Courage]

Death gives us sleep, eternal youth, and immortality.
      - [Death]

Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good actions; try to use ordinary situations.
      - [Opportunity]

Each departed friend is a magnet that attracts us to the next world, and the old man lives among graves.
      - [Age]

Ephemera die all at sunset, and no insect of this class has ever sported in the beams of the morning sun. Happier are ye, little human ephemera! Ye played only in the ascending beams, and in the early dawn, and in the eastern light; ye drank only of the prelibations of life; hovered for a little space over the world of freshness and of blossoms; and fell asleep in innocence before yet the morning dew was exhaled.
      - [Death]

Every friend is to the other a sun, and a sunflower also. He attracts and follows.
      - [Friends]

Every man deems that he has precisely the trials and temptations which are the hardest of all for him to bear; but they are so, because they are the very ones he needs.
      - [Affliction]

Every man has two educations--that which is given to him, and the other, that which he gives to himself. Of the two kinds, the latter is by far the most valuable. Indeed, all that is most worthy in a man, he must work out and conquer for himself. It is that that constitutes our real and best nourishment. What we are merely taught seldom nourishes the mind like that which we teach ourselves.
      - [Education]

Everything holy is before what is unholy; guilt presupposes innocence, not the reverse; angels, but not fallen ones, were created. Hence man does not properly rise to the highest, but first sinks gradually down from it, and then afterwards rises again; a child can never be considered too innocent and good.
      - [Holiness]

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

Feelings come and go like light troops following the victory of the present; but principles, like troops of the line, are undisturbed, and stand fast.
      - [Feeling]

Flatterers of every age resemble those African tribes of which the credulous Pliny speaks, who made men, animals, and even plants perish, while fascinating them with praises.
      - [Flattery]

Flowers never emit so sweet and strong a fragrance as before a storm. Beauteous soul! when a storm approaches thee, be as fragrant as a sweet-smelling flower.
      - [Flowers]

For from the crushed flowers of gladness on the road of life a sweet perfume is wafted over to the present hour, as marching armies often send out from heaths the fragrance of trampled plants.
      - [Gladness]

Friendship requires deeds.
      - [Friendship]

Genius is ever a riddle to itself.
      - [Genius]

Girls, like the priestesses of old, should be educated only in sacred places, and never hear, nor much less see, what is rude, immoral, or violent.
      - [Education]

"Give me," said Herder to his son, as he lay in the parched weariness of his last illness,--"give me a great thought, that I may quicken myself with it."
      - [Thought]

God is the light which, never seen itself, makes all things visible, and clothes itself in colors. Thine eye feels not its ray, but thine heart feels its warmth.
      - [God]

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