Jean Paul — German Author born on March 21, 1763, died on November 14, 1825

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

The darkness of death is like the evening twilight; it makes all objects appear more lovely to the dying.
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.
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.
Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life.
Sorrows are like thunderclouds, in the distance they look black, over our heads scarcely gray.