Words are like eyeglasses they blur everything that they do not make clear.

— Joseph Joubert

The most wonderful Joseph Joubert quotes that are proven to give you inner joy

Monuments are the grappling-irons that bind one generation to another.

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

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Without the spiritual world the material world is a disheartening enigma.

77

A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.

71

The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.

70

We find little in a book but what we put there.

But in great books, the mind finds room to put many things.

49

Imagination is the eye of the soul.

34

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

34

To teach is to learn twice.

29

Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.

28

The evening of life brings with it its lamps.

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Children need models rather than critics.

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About Joseph Joubert

Quotes 294 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.

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Close your eyes and you will see.

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Mediocrity is excellent to the eyes of mediocre people.

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There is always some frivolity in excellent minds; they have wings to rise, but also stray.

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

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All gardeners live in beautiful places because they make them so.

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Misery is almost always the result of thinking.

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Politeness is the flower of humanity.

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Illusion and wisdom combined are the charm of life and art.

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You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you.

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Only choose in marriage a man whom you would choose as a friend if he were a woman.

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

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Work like you don't need the money.

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The passions of the young are vices in the old.

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Our ideals, like pictures, are made from lights and shadows.

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Words, like glass, obscure when they do not aid vision.

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Taste has never been corrupted by simplicity.

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Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love the truth.

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Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.

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Our worries always come from our weaknesses.

9

Who ever has no fixed opinions has no constant feelings.

9

Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.

9

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.

9

Tenderness is the rest of passion.

8

The true character of epistolary style is playfulness and urbanity.

8

Genius is the ability to see things invisible, to manipulate things intangible, to paint things that have no features

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Drawing is speaking to the eye; talking is painting to the ear.

8

The ways suited to confidence are familiar to me, but not those that are suited to familiarity.

8

The idea of the nest in the bird's mind, where does it come from?

8

Logic works, metaphysics contemplates.

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Be charitable and indulge to everyone, but thyself.

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Words, like glasses, obscure everything they do not make clear.

Before using a fine word, make a place for it.

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When a nation gives birth to a man who is able to produce a great thought, another is born who is able to understand and admire it.

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Without duty, life is sort of boneless; it cannot hold itself together.

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A false mind is false in everything, just as a cross eye always looks askant.

But one may err once, nay, a hundred times, without being double-minded. There can never be mental duplicity where there is sincerity.

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Chance generally favors the prudent.

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Virtue is the health of the soul.

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