Quotes by Joseph Joubert

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Joseph Joubert (born May 7, 1754 in Montignac, Prigord and died May 4, 1824 in Villeneuve-sur-Yonne) was a French moralist and essayist, remembered today largely for his Penses published posthumously.

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What is true by lamplight is not always true by sunlight.

He who has not the weakness of friendship has not the strength.
It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle it without debate.
Without the spiritual world the material world is a disheartening enigma.
Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.
A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.
Grace is in garments, in movements, in manners; beauty in the nude, and in forms. This is true of bodies; but when we speak of feelings, beauty is in their spirituality, and grace in their moderation.
The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.
There was a time when the world acted on books; now books act on the world.
The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.
The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.
Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.
Words are like eyeglasses they blur everything that they do not make clear.
Monuments are the grappling-irons that bind one generation to another.
You will not find poetry anywhere unless you bring some of it with you.
Imagination is the eye of the soul.
Our ideals, like pictures, are made from lights and shadows.
The mind's direction is more important than its progress.
We do not do well except when we know where the best is and when we are assured that we have touched it and hold its power within us.
Children need models rather than critics.
Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.
Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure. Emotion is easily transferred from the writer to the reader.
Tenderness is the rest of passion.
Logic works, metaphysics contemplates.
Politeness is the flower of humanity.
The mind conceives with pain, but it brings forth with delight.
Ornaments were invented by modesty.
How many people make themselves abstract to appear profound. The most useful part of abstract terms are the shadows they create to hide a vacuum.
Drawing is speaking to the eye; talking is painting to the ear.
They are like the clue in the labyrinth, or the compass in the night.
Space is the stature of God.
Superstition is the only religion of which base souls are capable of.
One who has imagination without learning has wings without feet.
There is always some frivolity in excellent minds; they have wings to rise, but also stray.
We always believe God is like ourselves, the indulgent think him indulgent and the stern, terrible.
Chance generally favors the prudent.
Without duty, life is sort of boneless; it cannot hold itself together.
Professional critics are incapable of distinguishing and appreciating either diamonds in the rough or gold in bars. They are traders, and in literature know only the coins that are current. Their critical lab has scales and weights, but neither crucible or touchstone.
Who ever has no fixed opinions has no constant feelings.
Be charitable and indulge to everyone, but thyself.
The passions of the young are vices in the old.
Ask the young. They know everything.

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