Jean Paul

Novelist, Author

1763 – 1825


Who was Jean Paul?

Jean Paul, born Johann Paul Friedrich Richter, was a German Romantic writer, best known for his humorous novels and stories.

Famous Quotes:

  • Without God there is for mankind no purpose, no goal, no hope, only a wavering future, an eternal dread of every darkness.
  • Idleness is many gathered miseries in one name.
  • No heroine can create a hero through love of one, but she can give birth to one.
  • Memory is the only paradise from which we cannot be driven.
  • Cares are often more difficult to throw off than sorrows; the latter die with time, the former grow.
  • Other exercises develop single powers and muscles, but dancing embellishes, exercises, and equalizes all the muscles at once.
  • The timid are afraid before the danger, the cowardly while in danger, and the courageous after danger.
  • Humankind's chief fault is that they have so many small ones.
  • Passion makes the best observations and the sorriest conclusions.
  • The only medicine that does women more good than harm is dress.


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Mar 21, 1763
  • Germany
  • University of Leipzig
Nov 14, 1825

on July 23, 2013