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German novelist and writer
(1763 - 1825)
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The more sand has escaped from the hour-glass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.
      - [Perception]

The more weakness the more falsehood; strength goes straight; every cannon-ball that has in it hollows and holes goes crooked. Weaklings must lie.
      - [Weakness]

The most elevated and pure souls cannot hear, even from the lips of the most contemptible men, these words, "friendship," "sensibility," "virtue," without immediately attaching to them all the grandeur of which their heart is susceptible.
      - [Friendship]

The most painful part of our bodily pain is that which is bodiless or immaterial, namely, our impatience, and the delusion that it will last forever.
      - [Pain]

The Omnipotent has sown His name on the heavens in glittering stars; but upon earth He planteth His name by tender flowers.
      - [Flowers]

The only medicine which does women more good than harm is dress.
      - [Dress]

The past and future are veiled; but the past wears the widow's veil; the future, the virgin's.
      - [Past]

The purer the golden vessel, the more readily is it bent; the higher worth of woman is sooner lost than that of man.
      - [Purity]

The romance of life begins and ends with two blank pages. Age and extreme old age.
      - [Life]

The smallest children are nearest to God, as the smallest planets are nearest the sun.
      - [Children]

The sublime is the temple-step of religion, as the stars are of immeasurable space. When what is mighty appears in nature,--a storm, thunder, the starry firmament, death,--then utter the word "God" before the child. A great misfortune, a great blessing, a great crime, a noble action, are building-sites for a child's church.
      - [Sublimity]

The tear of joy is a pearl of the first water; the mourning tear, only of the second.
      - [Tears]

The very afflictions of our earthly pilgrimage are presages of our future glory, shadows indicate the sun.
      - [Affliction]

The woman must not belong to herself; she is bound to alien destinies. But she performs her part best who can take freely of her own choice, the alien to her heart, can bear and foster it with sincerity and love.
      - [Women]

The youth of the soul is everlasting, and eternity is youth.
      - [Eternity]

There are eyes which need only to look up, to touch every chord of a breast choked by the stifling atmosphere of stiff and stagnant society, and to call forth tones which might become the accompanying music of a life. This gentle transfusion of mind into mind is the secret of sympathy.
      - [Sympathy]

There are so many tender and holy emotions flying about in our 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 these incorporated spirits and the perfume of all these flowers.
      - [Poetry]

There are souls which fall from heaven like flowers; but ere the pure and fresh buds can open, they are trodden in the dust of the earth, and lie soiled and crushed under the foul tread of some brutal hoof.
      - [Soul]

There dwelt in him a mighty will, which merely said to the serving company of impulses: Let it be! Such a will is not stoicism, which rules merely over internal malefactors, or knaves, or prisoners of war, or children; but it is that genially energetic spirit which conditions and binds the healthy savages of our bosoms, and which says more royally than the Spanish regent to others: I, the king.
      - [Will]

There is a certain noble pride through which merits shine brighter than through modesty.
      - [Pride]

There is a long and wearisome step between admiration and imitation.
      - [Admiration]

There is no calamity like ignorance.
      - [Ignorance]

There remains in the faces of women who are naturally serene and peaceful, and of those rendered so by religion, an after-spring, and, later, an after-summer, the reflex of their most beautiful bloom.
      - [Face]

They used to think they were doing God a favor to print His name in capital letters.
      - [Ostentation]

Thoughts perhaps, which, like field-mice of the soul, leap under the feet and stick like adders.
      - [Thought]

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