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JOSEPH JOUBERT
French moralist and man of letters
(1754 - 1824)
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Strength is not energy; some authors have more muscles than talent.
      - [Authorship]

Success serves men as a pedestal. It makes them seem greater when not measured by reflection.
      - [Success]

Superstition is the only religion of which base souls are capable.
      - [Superstition]

Taste has never been corrupted by simplicity.
      - [Taste]

Tenderness is the repose of passion.
      - [Tenderness]

That which astonishes, astonishes once; but whatever is admirable becomes more and more admired.
      - [Admiration]

The abridgments of wisdom.
      - [Proverbs (General)]

The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.
      - [Argument]

The art of saying well what one thinks is different from the faculty of thinking. The latter may be very deep and lofty and far-reaching, while the former is altogether wanting.
      - [Eloquence]

The beautiful invariably possesses a visible and a hidden beauty; and it is certain that no style is so beautiful as that which presents to the attentive reader a half-hidden meaning.
      - [Style]

The Bible is to religion what the Iliad is to poetry.
      - [Bible]

The dregs may stir themselves as they please; they fall back to the bottom by their own coarseness.
      - [Mob]

The early and the latter part of human life are the best, or, at least, the most worthy of respect; the one as the age of innocence, the other of reason.
      - [Life]

The evening of a well spent life brings its lamps with it.
      - [Old Age]

The evening of life brings with it its lamps.
      - [Age]

The God of metaphysics is but an idea. But the God of religion, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sovereign Judge of actions and thoughts, is a power.
      - [God]

The great objection to new books is that they prevent our reading old ones.
      - [Books]

The joy which is caused by truth and noble thoughts shows itself in the words by which they are expressed.
      - [Joy]

The last word should be the last word. It is like a finishing touch given to color; there is nothing more to add. But what precaution is needed in order not to put the last word first.
      - [Words]

The lively phraseology of Montesquieu was the result of long meditation. His words, as light as wings, bear on them grave reflections.
      - [Style]

The mind conceives with pain, but it brings forth with delight.
      - [Writing]

The mind is the atmosphere of the soul.
      - [Mind]

The ordinary true, or purely real, cannot be the object of the arts. Illusion on a ground of truth,--that is the secret of the fine arts.
      - [Art]

The pain of dispute exceeds by much its utility. All disputation makes the mind deaf; and when people are deaf I am dumb.
      - [Dispute]

The passions should be purged; all may become innocent if they are well directed and moderated. Even hatred maybe a commendable feeling when it is caused by a lively love of good. Whatever makes the passions pure, makes them stronger, more durable, and more enjoyable.
      - [Passion]


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