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German novelist and writer
(1763 - 1825)
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Good deeds ring clear through heaven, like a bell.
      - [Goodness]

Gray hairs seem to my fancy like the light of a soft moon, silvering over the evening of life.
      - [Age]

Great souls attract sorrow as mountains do storms.
      - [Greatness]

Has it never occurred to us, when surrounded by sorrows, that they may be sent to us only for our instruction, as we darken the cages of birds when we wish to teach them to sing.
      - [Discipline]

He who possesses religion finds a providence not more truly in the history of the world than in his own family history; the rainbow, which hangs a glistering circle in the heights of heaven, is also formed by the same sun in the dew-drop of a lowly flower.
      - [Religion]

He, the Holiest among the mighty, and the Mightiest among the holy, has lifted with His pierced hands empires off their hinges, has turned the stream of centuries out of its channel, and still governs the ages.
      - [Christ]

Helpless mortal! Thine arm can destroy thousands at once, but cannot enclose even two of thy fellow-creatures at once in the embrace of love and sympathy!
      - [Sympathy]

Herder and Schiller both in their youth intended to study as surgeons; but Destiny said, "No, there are deeper wounds than those of the body,--heal the deeper!" and they wrote.
      - [Authorship]

History, like religion, unites all learning and power, especially ancient history; that is, the history of the nations of the youthful world--Grecian and Roman, Jewish and early Christian.
      - [History]

Hope is the ruddy morning of joy.
      - [Hope]

How calmly may we commit ourselves to the hands of Him who bears up the world,--of Him who has created, and who provides for the joys even of insects, as carefully as if He were their father.
      - [God]

How narrow our souls become when absorbed in any present good or ill! it is only the thought of the future that makes them great.
      - [Future]

Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or else forgiving another.
      - [Forgiveness]

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.
      - [Infidelity]

Idleness is many, gathered miseries in one name.
      - [Idleness]

"If flowers have souls," said Undine, "the bees, whose nurses they are, must seem to them darling children at the breast. I once fancied a paradise for the spirits of departed flowers." "They go," answered I, "not into paradise, but into a middle state; the souls of lilies enter into maidens' foreheads, those of hyacinths and forget-me-nots dwell in their eyes, and those of roses in their lips."
      - [Flowers]

If men had only temptations to great sins, they would always be good; but the daily fight with little ones accustoms them to defeat.
      - [Temptation]

If self-knowledge be a path to virtue, virtue is a much better one to self-knowledge. The more pure the soul becomes, it will, like certain precious stones that are sensible to the contact of poison, shrink from the fetid vapors of evil impressions.
      - [Soul]

If there was no future life, our souls would not thirst for it.
      - [Future]

In fashionable circles general satire, which attacks the fault rather than the person, is unwelcome; while that which attacks the person and spares the fault is always acceptable.
      - [Satire]

Individuality is everywhere to be guarded and honored as the root of all good.
      - [Character]

Inspect the neighborhood of thy life; every shelf, every nook of thy abode; and, nestling in, quarter thyself in the farthest and most domestic winding of thy snail-house!
      - [Self-examination]

Is there anything in life so lovely and poetical as the laugh and merriment of a young girl, who, still in harmony with all her powers, sports with you in luxuriant freedom, and in her mirthfulness neither despises nor dislikes? Her gravity is seldom as innocent as her playfulness; still less that haughty discontent which converts the youthful Psyche into a dull thick, buzzing, wing-drooping nightmoth.
      - [Gaiety]

It is a common error, of which a wise man will beware, to measure the worth of our neighbor by his conduct towards ourselves. How many rich souls might we not rejoice in the knowledge of, were it not for our pride!
      - [Character]

It is a delightful thought, that, during the familiarity of constant proximity, the heart gathers up in silence the nutriment of love, as the diamond, even beneath water, imbibes the light it emits. Time, which deadens hatred, secretly strengthens love.
      - [Matrimony]

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