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Joseph Joubert Quotes


Ask the young, they know everything!
Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.
The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.
It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle it without debate.
The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.
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.
Be charitable and indulge to everyone, but thyself.
Children need models rather than critics.
Who ever has no fixed opinions has no constant feelings.
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.
Without duty, life is sort of boneless; it cannot hold itself together.
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.
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.
Chance generally favors the prudent.
He who has not the weakness of friendship has not the strength.
The mind's direction is more important than its progress.
We always believe God is like ourselves, the indulgent think him indulgent and the stern, terrible.
Ornaments were invented by modesty.
There is always some frivolity in excellent minds; they have wings to rise, but also stray.
Our ideals, like pictures, are made from lights and shadows.
Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.
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.
Imagination is the eye of the soul.
One who has imagination without learning has wings without feet.
A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.
Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.
Logic works, metaphysics contemplates.
Politeness is the flower of humanity.
Superstition is the only religion of which base souls are capable of.
The mind conceives with pain, but it brings forth with delight.
Without the spiritual world the material world is a disheartening enigma.
Monuments are the grappling-irons that bind one generation to another.
Drawing is speaking to the eye; talking is painting to the ear.
Words are like eyeglasses they blur everything that they do not make clear.
You will not find poetry anywhere unless you bring some of it with you.
They are like the clue in the labyrinth, or the compass in the night.
Space is the stature of God.
To teach is to learn twice.
Tenderness is the rest of passion.
What is true by lamplight is not always true by sunlight.
Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure. Emotion is easily transferred from the writer to the reader.
Ask the young. They know everything.
The passions of the young are vices in the old.
Choose in marriage only a woman whom you would choose as a friend if she were a man.
Imagination is the eye of the soul.
To teach is to learn twice.
The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress.




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