Joseph Joubert Quotes

Date of Birth: May 7, 1754    Date of Death: May 4, 1824

Joseph Joubert was a French moralist and essayist. Although he published nothing in his lifetime, he is remembered today largely for his Pensées published posthumously. Below is a compilation of famous Joseph Joubert quotes.


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

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

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

God is the place where I do not remember the rest.  ~ Joseph Joubert

Luckily, I never feel at one time more than half my pains.  ~ Joseph Joubert

The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.  ~ Joseph Joubert

It is easy to understand God as long as you don't try to explain him.  ~ Joseph Joubert

Who ever has no fixed opinions has no constant feelings.  ~ Joseph Joubert

Love and fear. Everything the father of a family says must inspire one or the other.  ~ Joseph Joubert

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

He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet.  ~ Joseph Joubert

Drawing is speaking to the eye; talking is painting to the ear.  ~ Joseph Joubert

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

Ask the young. They know everything.  ~ Joseph Joubert

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

Logic works, metaphysics contemplates.  ~ Joseph Joubert

Misery is almost always the result of thinking.  ~ Joseph Joubert

Imagination is the eye of the soul.  ~ Joseph Joubert

Never cut what you can untie.  ~ Joseph Joubert

Space is the stature of God.  ~ Joseph Joubert

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

The mind conceives with pain, but it brings forth with delight.  ~ Joseph Joubert

Justice is the truth in action.  ~ Joseph Joubert

The passions of the young are vices in the old.  ~ Joseph Joubert

There are those to whom one must advise madness.  ~ Joseph Joubert

Without the spiritual world the material world is a disheartening enigma.  ~ Joseph Joubert

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

To teach is to learn twice.  ~ Joseph Joubert

Pleasures are always children, pains always have wrinkles.  ~ Joseph Joubert

Be charitable and indulge to everyone, but thyself.  ~ Joseph Joubert

Politeness is the flower of humanity.  ~ Joseph Joubert

Space is to place as eternity is to time.  ~ Joseph Joubert

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

There was a time when the world acted on books; now books act on the world.  ~ Joseph Joubert

The direction of the mind is more important than its progress.  ~ Joseph Joubert

All are born to observe order, but few are born to establish it.  ~ Joseph Joubert

We must respect the past, and mistrust the present, if we wish to provide for the safety of the future.  ~ Joseph Joubert

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

Children always want to look behind mirrors.  ~ Joseph Joubert

Education should be gentle and stern, not cold and lax.  ~ Joseph Joubert

Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.  ~ Joseph Joubert

It is an aspect of all happiness to suppose that we deserve it.  ~ Joseph Joubert

Innocence is always unsuspicious.  ~ Joseph Joubert

Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.  ~
Joseph Joubert

When my friends lack an eye, I look at them in profile.  ~ Joseph Joubert

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