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 :: 1754-1824, French Moralist

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Politeness is the flower of humanity.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Manners]

 

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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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Space is the stature of God.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Space]

 

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Superstition is the only religion of which base souls are capable of.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Superstition]

 

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Tenderness is the rest of passion.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Tenderness]

 

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

 

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The mind conceives with pain, but it brings forth with delight.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Mind]

 

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

 

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The passions of the young are vices in the old.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Youth]

 

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

 

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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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They are like the clue in the labyrinth, or the compass in the night.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Proverbs]

 

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To teach is to learn twice.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Teachers and Teaching]

 

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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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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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What is true by lamplight is not always true by sunlight.
~ Joseph Joubert - [Truth]

 

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

 

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

 

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