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Today I was reading an essay by Thoreau and was introduced to a really interesting quote from Richter. Following are some of his famous quotes:


Joy is inexhaustible, unlike seriousness.

Music is the moonlight in the gloomy night of life.

Many young people get worked up about opinions that they will share in 20 years.

Too much trust is a foolishness, too much distrust a tragedy.

The German language is the organ among the languages. (Die deutsche Sprache ist die Orgel unter den Sprachen.)

A man never describes his own character so clearly as when he describes another.

We learn our virtues from our friends who love us; our faults from the enemy who hates us. We cannot easily discover our real character from a friend. He is a mirror, on which the warmth of our breath impedes the clearness of the reflection.

What a father says to his children is not heard by the world, but it will be heard by posterity.

I did some research on Jean Paul Richter and found that this was a German writer from the 18th century. I also found that Emerson quoted Richter as well; so I started looking for his writing so I could read it for myself. One book that I found to be an interesting tool to learn more about Richter’s writing is “Wit, Wisdom and Philosphy of Jean Paul Richter” — which can be found on google books:
Wit, Wisdom and Philosophy of Jean Paul Richter

– The purpose of life is to sing
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