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JOSEPH JOUBERT
French moralist and man of letters
(1754 - 1824)
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To the liberal ideas of the age must be opposed the moral ideas of all ages.
      - [Liberality]

Truth takes the stamp of the souls it enters. It is rigorous and rough in arid souls, but tempers and softens itself in loving natures.
      - [Truth]

Virtue by calculation is the virtue of vice.
      - [Virtue]

Virtue is the health of the soul. It gives a flavor to the smallest leaves of life.
      - [Virtue]

We disjoint the mind like the body.
      - [Mind]

We know God easily, provided we do not constrain ourselves to define Him.
      - [God]

We live in an age in which superfluous ideas abound and essential ideas are lacking.
      - [Ideas]

We may convince others by our arguments; but we can only persuade them by their own.
      - [Argument]

We measure minds by their stature; it would be better to esteem them by their beauty.
      - [Mind]

We shall always keep a spare corner in our heads to give passing hospitality to our friends' opinion.
      - [Friendship]

We should always keep a corner of our heads open and free, that we may make room for the opinions of our friends. Let us have heart and head hospitality.
      - [Opinion]

We should do good whenever we can and do kindness at all times, for at all times we can.
      - [Benevolence]

We use up in the passions the stuff that was given us for happiness.
      - [Passion]

What can one possibly introduce into a mind that is already full, and full of itself?
      - [Selfishness]

What is true by lamplight is not always true by sunlight.
      - [Truth]

When credulity comes from the heart it does no harm to the intellect.
      - [Credulity]

When my friends are blind of one eye, I look at them in profile.
      - [Benevolence : Courtesy]

When the painter wishes to represent an event, he cannot place before us too great a number of personages; but he cannot employ too few when he wishes to portray an emotion.
      - [Art]

When we love, it is the heart that judges.
      - [Judgment]

When you give, give with joy and smiling.
      - [Gifts]

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

Which is more misshapen,--religion without virtue, or virtue without religion?
      - [Religion]

Without duty, life is soft and boneless; it cannot hold itself together.
      - [Duty]

Woman's grief is like a summer's shower--short as it is violent.
      - [Grief]

Words become luminous when the poet's finger has passed over them its phosphorescence.
      - [Words]


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