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A collection of quotes and sayings by Joseph Joubert on pensees, question, debate, thought, notebooks, kindness, victory, progress, innocence, humanity and aim.

34 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Joseph Joubert

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Famous As: Philosopher, Essayist, Writer

Born On: May 7, 1754

Died On: May 4, 1824

Born In: Montignac

Died At Age: 69

Joseph Joubert was a celebrated French essayist and moralist recognized mainly for his ‘Pensees or Thoughts’ that were posthumously published. He attended a religious college in Toulouse from the age of 14. Until 1776 he also taught at the same college. He also served as the inspector-general of universities under Napoleon. His writings, thoughts and works covered varied subjects including literature and nature of human existence, but he did not publish any of works during his lifetime. His writings were aphoristic style and have been translated into a number of languages. We bring to you a compilation of quotes and sayings by Joseph Joubert, which have been excerpted from his notes, writings, thoughts, published works, books, letters and life. Following is a corpus of quotes and thoughts by Joseph Joubert on politeness, loving, nature, mind, beauty, grace, profound, shadows, poetry, children, love, future, respect and more.

The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.

Joseph Joubert

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

Joseph Joubert

When you go in search of honey, you must expect to be stung by bees.

Joseph Joubert

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

Joseph Joubert

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

Joseph Joubert

To teach is to learn twice.

Joseph Joubert

Never cut what you can untie

Joseph Joubert

Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure. Emotion is easily transferred from the writer to the reader.

Joseph Joubert

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

Joseph Joubert

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

Joseph Joubert

Misery is almost always the result of thinking.

Joseph Joubert

Children need models rather than critics.

Joseph Joubert

Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.

Joseph Joubert

Imagination is the eye of the soul

Joseph Joubert

The paper is patient, but the reader is not.

Joseph Joubert

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

Joseph Joubert

There are those to whom one must advise madness.

Joseph Joubert

The breath of the mind is attention 128

Joseph Joubert

We may convince others by our arguements, but we can only persuade them by their own

Joseph Joubert

Everything has its poetry. 94

Joseph Joubert

Children always want to look behind mirrors.

Joseph Joubert

Close your eyes and see.

Joseph Joubert

God is the place where I do not remember the rest.

Joseph Joubert

We are all of us more or less echoes, repeating involuntarily the virtues, the defects, the movements, and the characters of those among whom we live.

Joseph Joubert

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

Joseph Joubert

It is not my words that I polish, but my ideas. 102

Joseph Joubert

Pleasures are always children, pains always have wrinkles.

Joseph Joubert

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.

Joseph Joubert

Through memory we travel against time, through forgetfulness we follow its course.

Joseph Joubert

How many people eat, drink, and get married; buy, sell, and build; make contracts and attend to their for-tune; have friends and enemies, pleasures and pains, are born, grow up, live and die ― but asleep!

Joseph Joubert

Those for whom the world is not enough: saints, conquerors, poets, and all lovers of books.

Joseph Joubert

The soul paints itself in our machines.

Joseph Joubert

Space is to place as eternity is to time.

Joseph Joubert

One who has imagination without learning has wings without feet. Joseph Joubert may 16 2002

Joseph Joubert