Joseph Joubert was born 7 May 1754 and died 4 May 1824.
- The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.
- Imagination is the eye of the soul.
- Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure. Emotion is easily transferred from the writer to the reader.
- To teach is to learn twice.
- Strength is natural, but grace is the growth of habit. This charming quality requires practice if it is to become lasting.
- The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress.
- Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love truth.
- Close your eyes and see.
- We must respect the past, and mistrust the present, if we wish to provide for the safety of the future.
- When you go in search of honey, you must expect to be stung by bees.
- He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet.
- We may convince others by our arguments, but we can only persuade them by their own.
- Writing is closer to thinking than speaking.
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