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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Author
Nation: German
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Because the heart beats under a covering of hair, of fur, feathers, or wings, it is, for that reason, to be of no account?

Tags: Hair, Heart, Reason

Death gives us sleep, eternal youth, and immortality.

Tags: Death, Sleep, Youth

Gray hairs seem to my fancy like the soft light of the moon, silvering over the evening of life.

Tags: Evening, Life, Light

I have made as much out of myself as could be made of the stuff, and no man should require more.

Tags: Require, Stuff

Poverty is the only load which is the heavier the more loved ones there are to assist in bearing it.

Tags: Load, Loved, Poverty

Sorrows gather around great souls as storms do around mountains; but, like them, they break the storm and purify the air of the plain beneath them.

Tags: Great, Nature, Storm

There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go.

Tags: Gift, Joy, Leaving

There is a joy in sorrow which none but a mourner can know.

Tags: Joy, None, Sorrow

Every friend is to the other a sun, and a sunflower also. He attracts and follows.

Tags: Attracts, Friend, Sun

Good actions ennoble us, we are the sons of our own deeds.

Tags: Actions, Deeds, Good

It is simpler and easier to flatter people than to praise them.

Tags: Flatter, Praise, Simpler

Live your life and forget your age.

Tags: Age, Forget, Life

Men, like bullets, go farthest when they are smoothest.

Tags: Bullets, Farthest, Men

Never write on a subject until you have read yourself full of it.

Tags: Until, Write, Yourself

Only actions give life strength; only moderation gives it charm.

Tags: Give, Life, Strength

Recollection is the only paradise from which we cannot be turned out.

Tags: Cannot, Paradise, Turned

There are souls which fall from heaven like flowers, but ere they bloom are crushed under the foul tread of some brutal hoof.

Tags: Fall, Flowers, Heaven

Variety of mere nothings gives more pleasure than uniformity of something.

Tags: Gives, Pleasure, Variety

What makes old age so sad is not that our joys but our hopes cease.

Tags: Age, Old, Sad

Woman and men of retiring timidity are cowardly only in dangers which affect themselves, but the first to rescue when others are in danger.

Tags: Men, Others, Woman

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.

Tags: Character, Enemy, Love

As winter strips the leaves from around us, so that we may see the distant regions they formerly concealed, so old age takes away our enjoyments only to enlarge the prospect of the coming eternity.

Tags: Age, May, Old

The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering galleries, they are clearly heard at the end, and by posterity.

Tags: End, Father, Home

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Two aged men, that had been foes for life, Met by a grave, and wept - and in those tears They washed away the memory of their strife; Then wept again the loss of all those years.

Tags: Away, Life, Men

Whenever, at a party, I have been in the mood to study fools, I have always looked for a great beauty: they always gather round her like flies around a fruit stall.

Tags: Beauty, Great, Study

God is an unutterable sigh, planted in the depths of the soul.

Tags: God, Sigh, Soul

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.

Tags: Life, Sand, Wisdom

You prove your worth with your actions, not with your mouth.

Tags: Actions, Mouth, Worth

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

Tags: Beautiful, Forgiveness, Humanity

Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.

Tags: Birthday, Time, Wing

Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life.

Tags: Life, Music, Night

Every man regards his own life as the New Year's Eve of time.

Tags: Life, Time, Year

Joy descends gently upon us like the evening dew, and does not patter down like a hailstorm.

Tags: Evening, Inspirational, Joy

The miracle on earth are the laws of heaven.

Tags: Earth, Heaven, Miracle

A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward.

Tags: Coward, Danger, Time

Every man has a rainy corner of his life whence comes foul weather which follows him.

Tags: Him, Life, Rainy

Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.

Tags: Change, Strong, Wisdom

The conscience of children is formed by the influences that surround them; their notions of good and evil are the result of the moral atmosphere they breathe.

Tags: Children, Evil, Good

The darkness of death is like the evening twilight; it makes all objects appear more lovely to the dying.

Tags: Death, Evening, Lovely

Courage consists not in blindly overlooking danger, but in seeing it, and conquering it.

Tags: Courage, Danger, Seeing

Like a morning dream, life becomes more and more bright the longer we live, and the reason of everything appears more clear. What has puzzled us before seems less mysterious, and the crooked paths look straighter as we approach the end.

Tags: End, Life, Morning

Be great in act, as you have been in thought.

Tags: Act, Great, Thought

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

Tags: Character, Clearly

Never part without loving words to think of during your absence. It may be that you will not meet again in this life.

Tags: Life, May, Words

Age does not matter if the matter does not age.

Tags: Age, Matter

For sleep, riches and health to be truly enjoyed, they must be interrupted.

Tags: Health, Sleep, Truly

Sorrows are like thunderclouds, in the distance they look black, over our heads scarcely gray.

Tags: Black, Distance, Sad

Weaklings must lie.

Tags: Lie

Beauty attracts us men; but if, like an armed magnet it is pointed, beside, with gold and silver, it attracts with tenfold power.

Tags: Beauty, Men, Power