Joseph Joubert

7 May 1754 // 4 May 1824
Moralist / Essayist


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Young authors give their brains much exercise and little food
Words become luminous when the poet's finger has passed over them its phosphorescence
Woman's grief is like a summer's shower - short as it is violent
Without duty, life is soft and boneless; it cannot hold itself together
When you give, give with joy and smiling
When my friends are blind of one eye, I look at them in profile
When credulity comes from the heart it does no harm to the intellect
What is true by lamplight is not always true by sunlight
We may convince others by our arguments; but we can only persuade them by their own
To be capable of respect is almost as rare as to be worthy of it
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."