Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Thoughts that are light by Joseph Joubert

Thoughts that are light, clear, distinct, finished; and words that
resemble their thoughts.Words that often retain their meaning even
when they are detached from others and that please when isolated as sounds.

Thoughts that cannot survive the open air and that evaporate
as soon as we take them out of the room. To put them to the test
of isolation. Take them out of the book where you found them,
they do not endure.

Ideas never lack for words. It is words that lack ideas.
As soon as the idea has come to its last degree of perfection,
the word blossoms; or, if you like, it blossoms from the word
that presents it and clothes it.
Joseph Joubert

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