Joseph Joubert Quotes

“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

 

 

 

“To teach is to learn twice.”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

“The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress.”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

 

“Never cut what you can untie”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

“Only choose in marriage a man whom you would choose as a friend if he were a woman.”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

 

“Children need models rather than critics.”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

“Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

“He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet.”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

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

 

 

 

“Misery is almost always the result of thinking.”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

 

“Imagination is the eye of the soul”
― joseph joubert

 

 

“You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you.”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

“The paper is patient, but the reader is not.”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

“Close your eyes and see.”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

“The breath of the mind is attention 128”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

“There are those to whom one must advise madness.”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

“We may convince others by our arguements, but we can only persuade them by their own”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

“Questions show the mind’s range, and answers its subtlety.”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

“Everything has its poetry. 94”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

“Children always want to look behind mirrors.”
― 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

 

 

“Few minds are spacious; few even have an empty place in them or can offer some vacant point. Almost all have narrow capacities and are filled by some knowledge that blocks them up. What a torture to talk to filled heads, that allow nothing from the outside to enter them! A good mind, in order to enjoy itself and allow itself to enjoy others, always keeps itself larger than its own thoughts. And in order to do this, these thoughts must be given a pliant form, must be easily folded and unfolded, so that they are capable, finally, of maintaining a natural flexibility.

All those short-sighted minds see clearly within their little ideas and see nothing in those of others; they are like those bad eyes that see from close range what is obscure and cannot perceive what is clear from afar. Night minds, minds of darkness.”
― 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

 

 

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

 

 

“Are you listening to the ones who keep quiet?”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

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

 

 

“A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

“Imagination is the eye of the soul.”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

“Tenderness is the repose of passion.”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

“Space is to place as eternity is to time.”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

“The soul paints itself in our machines.”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

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

 

 

“Genius is the ability to see things invisible, to manipulate things intangible, to paint things that have no features.”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

 

“Enseigner, c’est apprendre deux fois”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

“Es preciso que exista algo sagrado”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

 

“Figure, movement. Everything happens, says Pascal, from figure and movement. To say in this case that everything happens from movement, for every figure is no more than the lingering trace of a movement that has already ceased. Thus the letters that I am forming now, for example, are only the pen’s lingering trace of the movement of my hand.”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

“Cercando la parola si trovano i pensieri.”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

 

“Há pessoas que, da moral, só têm um pedaço. É um tecido de que nunca farão um fato.”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

“We love repose of mind so well, that we are arrested by anything which has even the appearance of truth; and so we fall asleep on clouds.”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

 

“Power makes you attractive; it even makes women love old men.”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

“Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.”
― Joseph Joubert

 

 

“It is an aspect of all happiness to suppose that we deserve it.”
― Joseph Jouber

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