Joseph Joubert

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Children have more need of models than of critics. Families, Children & Parenting
Children need models rather than critics. Families, Children & Parenting
Clearness is so often one of the characteristics of truth that often it even passes for truth itself. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
How many weak shoulders have craved heavy burdens. Human Nature
Might and right govern everything in this world; might till right is ready. Power
Politics is the art of knowing and leading a multitude ... not where they want to go but where they should go. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Power makes you attractive; it even makes women love old men. Power
There are some acts of justice which corrupt those who perform them. Justice & Injustice
Those who never retract their opinions, love themselves more than they love truth. Human Nature
We may convince others by our argument; but we can only persuade them by their own. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
We must not be willing to disinter the origins of those [institutions] we wish to preserve. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
All are born to observe order, but few are born to establish it.
Ask the young. They know everything.
Be charitable and indulge to everyone, but thyself.
Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.
God is the place where I do not remember the rest. Religion & God
Grace is in garments, in movements, in manners; beauty in the nude, and in forms. This is true of bodies; but when we speak of feelings, beauty is in their spirituality, and grace in their moderation.
He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Imagination is the eye of the soul.
Innocence is always unsuspicious.
It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.
It is easy to understand God as long as you don't try to explain him. Religion & God
Justice is the truth in action. Truth
Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.
Logic works, metaphysics contemplates.
Love and fear. Everything the father of a family says must inspire one or the other. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Families, Children & Parenting
Misery is almost always the result of thinking.
Never cut what you can untie.
Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure. Emotion is easily transferred from the writer to the reader.
One who has imagination without learning has wings without feet. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Only choose in marriage a man whom you would choose as a friend if he were a woman. Families, Children & Parenting
Pleasures are always children, pains always have wrinkles.
Politeness is the flower of humanity.
Space is the stature of God. Religion & God
Space is to place as eternity is to time. Time
Superstition is the only religion of which base souls are capable of. Religion & God
The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.
The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.
The Bible remained for me a book of books, still divine - but divine in the sense that all great books are divine which teach men how to live righteously.
The direction of the mind is more important than its progress.
The mind conceives with pain, but it brings forth with delight.
The passions of the young are vices in the old.
There was a time when the world acted on books; now books act on the world. Time
Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love the truth. Truth ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
To teach is to learn twice.
We must respect the past, and mistrust the present, if we wish to provide for the safety of the future. Future ;Respect
When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees. Nature
Who ever has no fixed opinions has no constant feelings.
Without the spiritual world the material world is a disheartening enigma.
Words, like glass, obscure when they do not aid vision.
You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you. Literature, Writers & Writing
You will not find poetry anywhere unless you bring some of it with you. Literature, Writers & Writing