Joseph Joubert


French Essayist, Moralist

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

Without the spiritual world the material world is a disheartening enigma.

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

The passions of the young are vices in the old.

The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.

Space is to place as eternity is to time.

Misery is almost always the result of thinking

Innocence is always unsuspicious.

Imagination is the eye of the soul.

Ask the young. They know everything.

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

To be capable of respect is almost as rare as to be worthy of it.

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

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

Religion is neither theology nor a theosophy; it is more than that; it is a discipline, a law, a yoke, an indissoluble engagement.

The end of argument or discussion should be, not victory, but enlightenment.

Nations love dangers, and when there are none to be found create them to fill the want.

Poetry has no utility save for the soul’s delight.

Let your cry be for free souls rather than for freedom. Moral liberty is the only really important liberty.

Morality is made up of customs and habits. Custom makes public morality, and habit individual morality.

It is an element of all happiness to fancy that we deserve it.

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

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

Whence? whither? why? how? - these questions cover all philosophy.

Which is more misshapen - religion without virtue, or virtue without religion?

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French Essayist, Moralist