Joseph Joubert Quotations

Joseph Joubert

Children need models rather than critics.

Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.

How many people make themselves abstract to appear profound. The most useful part of abstract terms are the shadows they create to hide a vacuum.

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

Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.

One who has imagination without learning has wings without feet.

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.

Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance of justice. Injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged.

Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love the truth.

We must respect the past, and mistrust the present, if we wish to provide for the safety of the future.

You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some with you.