Joseph Joubert Quotes

Most popular Joseph Joubert Quotes

To teach is to learn twice.

teaching

Never cut what you can untie.
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conflict

Politeness smoothes wrinkles.
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Tenderness is passion in repose.
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kindness

Imagination is the eye of the soul.

imagination

Politeness is the flower of humanity.
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Chance usually favors the prudent man.
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Logic works; metaphysics contemplates.
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Without duty, life is soft and boneless.
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Children need models rather than critics.
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Mediocrity is excellence to the mediocre.

mediocrity

Virtue by calculation is the virtue of vice.

vice & virtue

A thought is a thing as real as a cannon ball.

thoughts

The passions of the young are vices in the old.
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Children have more need of models than critics.

example

Kindness ... loving people more than they deserve.
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kindness

An ounce of apology is worth a pound of loneliness.
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apologies

All luxury corrupts either the morals or the state.
— Joseph Joubert
Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.
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The mind's direction is more important than its progress.
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mind

The beautiful! It is beauty seen with the eye of the soul.
— Joseph Joubert
Kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.
— Joseph Joubert

kindness

Questions show the mind's range, and answers its subtlety.

asking questions

Let us have justice, and then we shall have enough liberty!
— Joseph Joubert
Poetry is to be found nowhere unless we carry it within us.

self-reliance

Power makes you attractive; it even makes women love old men.

power

Politeness is the art of bearing boredom without being bored.

boring people boredom

Words like eye glasses, blur everything they don't make clear.
— Joseph Joubert
Thought forms in the soul the same way clouds form in the air.

thoughts

He who has imagination without learning has wings and no feet.

imagination

He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet.
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education imagination knowledge

You will not find poetry anywhere unless you bring it with you.
— Joseph Joubert
Whence? Whither? Why? How? These questions cover all philosophy.
— Joseph Joubert
A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.

kindness

You arrive at truth through poetry; I arrive at poetry through truth.
— Joseph Joubert
Words, like eyeglasses, blur everything that they do not make clearer.
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words language

Without duty, life is soft and boneless; it cannot hold itself together.

duty

Words, like eyeglasses, blur everything that they do not make more clear.
— Joseph Joubert

communication language

The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress.
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arguments

The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.

socialism discussion

What a man knows only through feeling can be explained only through enthusiasm.
— Joseph Joubert
Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love truth.
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We measure mind by that stature, it would be better to estimate them by their beauty.
— Joseph Joubert
Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love the truth.
— Joseph Joubert

opinions

Religion is a fire which example keeps alive, and which goes out if not communicated.

religion

It is better to stir up a question without deciding it, than to decide it without stirring it up.

decision-making

Success serves men as a pedestal; it makes them look larger, if reflection does not measure them.
— Joseph Joubert
It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.
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Fully to understand a grand and beautiful thought requires, perhaps, as much time as to conceive it.
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Happiness is to feel that one's soul is good; there is no other, in truth, and this kind of happiness may exist even in sorrow.
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The ordinary true, or purely real, cannot be the object of the arts. Illusion on a ground of truth, that is the secret of the fine arts.
— Joseph Joubert
Ideas never lack for words.  It is words that lack ideas.  As soon as the idea has come to its last degree of perfection, the word blossoms; or, if you like, it blossoms from the word that presents it and clothes it.

ideas

Maxims are to the intellect what laws are to actions; they do not enlighten, but they guide and direct; and although themselves blind, are protective.  They are like the clue in the labyrinth, or the compass in the night.

maxims