Joseph Joubert (1754–1824). Joubert: A Selection from His Thoughts. 1899.

Translator’s Preface

THE TRANSLATOR acknowledges gratefully the kind permission granted by Mrs. Matthew Arnold to quote in the following pages Mr. Matthew Arnold’s translations of the thoughts introduced by him into his essay on Joubert (Essays in Criticism. First Series). Where this has been done, the translation is acknowledged by his initials.

The Translator has altered the arrangement of the chapters from that of the French edition so far as to place the section entitled ‘The Author, drawn by Himself’ at the end of the book instead of at the beginning. This change has been made in the belief that the section will have greater interest, and perhaps command a more friendly judgment, after the reader has made acquaintance with the author through the channel of his reflections on greater and more impersonal subjects.