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JOSEPH JOUBERT
French moralist and man of letters
(1754 - 1824)
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Let us be men with men, and always children before God; for in His eyes we are but children. Old age itself, in presence of eternity, is but the first moment of a morning.
      - [Children]

Light is, as it were, a divine humidity.
      - [Light]

Liquid, flowing words are the choicest and the best, if language is regarded as music. But when it is considered as a picture, then there are rough words which are very telling, they make their mark.
      - [Words]

Living requires but little life; doing requires much.
      - [Action]

Logic is to grammar what the sense of words is to their sound.
      - [Logic]

Logic works; metaphysic contemplates.
      - [Logic]

Man is born with the faculty of speech. Who gives it to him? He who gives the bird its song.
      - [Speech]

Maxims are to the intellect what laws are to actions; they do not enlighten, but they guide and direct, and, although themselves blind, are protective.
      - [Maxims]

Mediocrity is excellent to the eyes of mediocre people.
      - [Mediocrity]

Men must be either the slaves of duty, or the slaves of force.
      - [Duty]

Minds which never rest are subject to many digressions.
      - [Mind]

Misery is almost always the result of thinking.
      - [Misery]

Moderation consists in being moved as angels are moved.
      - [Moderation]

Monuments are the grappling-irons that bind one generation to another.
      - [Monuments]

National literature begins with fables and ends with novels.
      - [Literature]

Necessity may render a doubtful act innocent, but it cannot make it praiseworthy.
      - [Necessity]

Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure; emotion is easily propagated from the writer to the reader.
      - [Authorship]

Nothing which does not transport is poetry. The lyre is a winged instrument.
      - [Poetry]

Of the two, I prefer those who render vice lovable to those who degrade virtue.
      - [Virtue]

Of what delights are we deprived by our excesses!
      - [Excess]

Old age deprives the intelligent man only of qualities useless to wisdom.
      - [Old Age]

Old age takes from the man of intellect no qualities save those that are useless to wisdom.
      - [Age]

Old age was naturally more honored in times when people could not know much more than what they had seen.
      - [Age]

One can with dignity be wife and widow but once.
      - [Wives]

One day, a daughter of Aristotle, Pythias by name, was asked what color pleased her most. She replied, "The color with which modesty suffuses the face of simple, inoffensive men."
      - [Blushes]


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