Aphorisms by author: Jean Paul Richter

Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good; try to use ordinary situations.
By theme : Behavior
The more weakness the more falsehood; strength goes straight; every cannon-ball that has in it hollows and holes goes crooked. Weaklings must lie.
By theme : Lie
Never part without loving words to think of during your absence. It may be that you will not meet again in life.
By theme : Love
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.
By theme : Feelings
The smallest children are nearest to God, as the smallest planets are nearest the sun.
By theme : Childhood
Only actions give life strength; only moderation gives it a charm.
By theme : Behavior Life
Love requires not so much proofs as expressions of love. Love demands a little else than the power to feel and to requite love.
By theme : Love
Love lessens woman`s delicacy and increases man`s.
By theme : Men Relations Women
The past and future are veiled; but the past wears the widow`s veil; the future, the virgin`s.
By theme : Future Time
The greatest hatred, like the greatest virtue and the worst dogs, is silent.
By theme : Hatred
He who gives up the smallest part of a secret has the rest no longer in his power.
By theme : Thought Wisdom
The only medicine, which does women more good than harm, is dress.
By theme : Health Women
The miracles of earth are the laws of heaven.
By theme : Nature Philosophy
What makes old age so sad is not that our joys but our hopes cease.
By theme : Feelings Old
Women always show more taste in adorning others than themselves; and the reason is that their persons are like their hearts - they read another`s better than they can their own.
By theme : Women
It is only reason that teaches silence. The heart teaches us to speak.
By theme : Psychology Reason Wisdom
To love early and marry late is to hear a lark singing at dawn, and at night to eat it roasted for supper.
By theme : Love Marriage Wit
The only medicine which does women more good than harm is dress.
By theme : Women Wit
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
By theme : Character
A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterwards.
By theme : Behavior Person
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