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Glückel of Hameln

  • ... naked were we born and naked must we depart. ... no matter what you may lose, be patient for nothing belongs; it is only lent.

  • God have mercy, that such a young man should have to chew the black earth!

  • There is an ordinary proverb for this: 'Stinginess does not enrich; charity does not impoverish.'

  • My dear mother, sisters and brothers comforted me, but their comfort only increased my sorrow and poured more oil on the fire, so that the flames grew ever higher.

  • These talkings and comfortings lasted two or three weeks; after that no one knew me. ... After the first thirty days of mourning, no brother, no sister, no relative came to ask: 'How are you? and how are things?'

  • The best thing for you, my children, is to serve God from your heart, without falsehood or shame, not giving out to people that you are one thing while, God forbid, in your heart you are another.

Glückel of Hameln, German diarist

(1646 - 1724)