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Joseph Joubert Quotes

(1754-1824), French Moralist

Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.

Category: Ambition

The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.

Category: Anger

It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle it without debate.

Category: Argument

The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.

Category: Argument

The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.

Category: Books And Reading

There was a time when the world acted on books; now books act on the world.

Category: Books And Reading

Be charitable and indulge to everyone, but thyself.

Category: Charity

Children need models rather than critics.

Category: Children

Who ever has no fixed opinions has no constant feelings.

Category: Consistency

Professional critics are incapable of distinguishing and appreciating either diamonds in the rough or gold in bars. They are traders, and in literature know only the coins that are current. Their critical lab has scales and weights, but neither crucible or touchstone.

Category: Critics And Criticism

Without duty, life is sort of boneless; it cannot hold itself together.

Category: Duty

We do not do well except when we know where the best is and when we are assured that we have touched it and hold its power within us.

Category: Excellence

Chance generally favors the prudent.

Category: Fate

He who has not the weakness of friendship has not the strength.

Category: Friends And Friendship

The mind's direction is more important than its progress.

Category: Goals