Sunday, March 21, 2010

Meandering in the stacks . . .

Today is the birthday of Johann Paul Friedrich Richter (March 21, 1763 – November 14, 1825), novelist and short-story writer. He is best known by his pseudonym, Jean Paul.

"A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterwards." - Jean Paul

"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." - Jean Paul

"Cares are often more difficult to thrown off than sorrows; the latter die with time, the former grow upon it." - Jean Paul

"Courage consists not in blindly overlooking danger, but in seeing it and conquering it." - Jean Paul

"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." - Jean Paul

"Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good actions; try to use ordinary situations." - Jean Paul

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