Joseph Joubert

Joseph Joubert was a French moralist and essayist, remembered today largely for his Pensées, which was published posthumously. From the age of fourteen Joubert attended a religious college in Toulouse, where he later taught until 1776.

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A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.
Children need models more than they need critics.
Choose in marriage only a woman whom you would choose as a friend if she were a man.
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.
I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections, and the truth of imagination.
Imagination is the eye of the soul.
It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.
Justice is the truth in action.
Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.
Let us have justice, and then we shall have enough liberty
Never cut what you can untie.
Ornaments were invented by modesty.
Politeness is the flower of humanity.
The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.
The evening of a well spent life brings its lamps with it.
The mind conceives with pain, but it brings forth with delight.
The mind's direction is more important than its progress.
The pain of dispute exceeds, by much, its utility. All disputation makes the mind deaf, and when people are deaf I am dumb.
Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love the truth.
To teach is to learn twice.
We must respect the past, and mistrust the present, if we wish to provide for the safety of the future.
Without the spiritual world the material world is a disheartening enigma.
You will not find poetry anywhere unless you bring some of it with you.

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