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JOSEPH JOUBERT
French moralist and man of letters
(1754 - 1824)
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One who has imagination without learning has wings without feet.
      - [Imagination]

Only just the right quantum of wit should be put into a book; in conversation a little excess is allowable.
      - [Wit]

Order is to arrangement what the soul is to the body, and what mind is to matter.
      - [Order]

Ornaments were invented by modesty.
      - [Ornament]

Our ideas, like pictures, are made up of lights and shadows.
      - [Ideas]

Our worries always come from our weaknesses.
      - [Weakness]

Poetry is to be found nowhere unless we carry it within us.
      - [Poetry]

Politeness is a kind of anaesthetic which envelops the asperities of our character, so that other people be not wounded by them. We should never be without it, even when we contend with the rude.
      - [Politeness]

Politeness is the flower of humanity.
      - [Politeness]

Politeness is to goodness what words are to thoughts.
      - [Politeness]

Politeness smooths wrinkles.
      - [Politeness]

Professional critics are incapable of distinguishing and appreciating either diamonds in the rough state or gold in bars. They are traders, and in literature know only the coins that are current. Their criticism has scales and weights, but neither crucible nor touchstone.
      - [Critics]

Questions show the mind's range, and answers, its subtlety.
      - [Answers : Questions]

Reason is a bee, and exists only on what it makes; his usefulness takes the place of beauty.
      - [Reason]

Religion is fire which example keeps alive, and which goes out if not communicated.
      - [Religion]

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

Religion is the only metaphysic that the multitude can understand and adopt.
      - [Religion]

Religion must be loved as a kind of country and nursing-mother. It was religion that nourished our virtues, that showed us heaven, that taught us to walk in the path of duty.
      - [Religion]

Remorse is the punishment of crime; repentance, its expiation. The former appertains to a tormented conscience; the latter to a soul changed for the better.
      - [Remorse]

Science confounds everything; it gives to the flowers an animal appetite, and takes away from even the plants their chastity.
      - [Science]

Slander is the solace of malignity.
      - [Slander]

Some persons there are who intellectually are reasonable enough, but whose life is quite irrational; and there are, on the other hand, those whose life is rational, and whose minds are devoid of reason.
      - [Reason]

Space is the statue of God.
      - [God]

Speech is but the incorporation of thought.
      - [Speech]

Strength is natural, but grace is the growth of habit. This charming quality requires practice if it is to become lasting.
      - [Grace]


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