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 :: 1754-1824, French Moralist

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The mind's direction is more important than its progress.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Goals]

 

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We always believe God is like ourselves, the indulgent think him indulgent and the stern, terrible.
~ Joseph Joubert - [God]

 

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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.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Grace]

 

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There is always some frivolity in excellent minds; they have wings to rise, but also stray.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Humor]

 

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Our ideals, like pictures, are made from lights and shadows.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Ideals and Idealism]

 

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Imagination is the eye of the soul.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Imagination]

 

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One who has imagination without learning has wings without feet.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Imagination]

 

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Who ever has no fixed opinions has no constant feelings.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Consistency]

 

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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.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Critics and Criticism]

 

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Without duty, life is sort of boneless; it cannot hold itself together.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Duty]

 

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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.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Excellence]

 

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Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Ambition]

 

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The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Anger]

 

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It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle it without debate.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Argument]

 

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The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Argument]

 

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The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Books and Reading]

 

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There was a time when the world acted on books; now books act on the world.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Books and Reading]

 

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Be charitable and indulge to everyone, but thyself.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Charity]

 

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Children need models rather than critics.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Children]

 

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Words are like eyeglasses they blur everything that they do not make clear.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Words]

 

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