Quotations by Jean Jacques Rousseau

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Born: Tuesday, June 28, 1712
Died: Thursday, July 2, 1778 (66 years old)
Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Swiss


A feeble body weakens the mind.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Body, Mind)

Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Death, Sadness, Silence)

All of my misfortunes come from having thought too well of my fellows.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Thought)

Although modesty is natural to man, it is not natural to children. Modesty only begins with the knowledge of evil.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Knowledge, Children, Evil, Man, Modesty)

Base souls have no faith in great individuals.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Faith)

Childhood is the sleep of reason.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Childhood, Reason, Sleep)

Every man has a right to risk his own life for the preservation of it.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Life, Man, Right, Risk)

Falsehood has an infinity of combinations, but truth has only one mode of being.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Truth, Being, Falsehood, Infinity)

Fame is but the breath of people, and that often unwholesome.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: People, Fame)

Force does not constitute right... obedience is due only to legitimate powers.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Force, Obedience, Right)

Free people, remember this maxim: we may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: People, Liberty, May)

Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Gratitude, Duty, Right)

Heroes are not known by the loftiness of their carriage; the greatest braggarts are generally the merest cowards.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Cowards, Heroes)

How many famous and high-spirited heroes have lived a day too long?
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Day, Famous, Heroes)

However great a man's natural talent may be, the act of writing cannot be learned all at once.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Talent, Act, Man, May, Writing)

I hate books; they only teach us to talk about things we know nothing about.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Books, Hate, Nothing, Talk)

I have always said and felt that true enjoyment can not be described.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Enjoyment)

It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Living)

It is unnatural for a majority to rule, for a majority can seldom be organized and united for specific action, and a minority can.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Action, Majority, Minority, United)

Man is born free, and everywhere he is in shackles.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Man)

Money is the seed of money, and the first guinea is sometimes more difficult to acquire than the second million.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Money, First)

Most nations, as well as people are impossible only in their youth; they become incorrigible as they grow older.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: People, Nations, Youth)

Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Nature)

Our affections as well as our bodies are in perpetual flux.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Our greatest evils flow from ourselves.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Our will is always for our own good, but we do not always see what that is.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Will)

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Patience)

People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Men, People)

Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Plants)

Reading, solitude, idleness, a soft and sedentary life, intercourse with women and young people, these are perilous paths for a young man, and these lead him constantly into danger.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Women, Life, People, Danger, Idleness, Man, Reading, Solitude)

Remorse sleeps during prosperity but awakes bitter consciousness during adversity.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Adversity, Consciousness, Prosperity, Remorse)

Take from the philosopher the pleasure of being heard and his desire for knowledge ceases.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Knowledge, Being, Desire, Pleasure)

Take the course opposite to custom and you will almost always do well.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Custom, Will)

The body politic, as well as the human body, begins to die as soon as it is born, and carries itself the causes of its destruction.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Body, Causes, Destruction)

The English are predisposed to pride, the French to vanity.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: English, Pride, Vanity)

The English think they are free. They are free only during the election of members of parliament.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: English, Parliament)

The first step towards vice is to shroud innocent actions in mystery, and whoever likes to conceal something sooner or later has reason to conceal it.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Actions, First, Mystery, Reason, Vice)

The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Years)

The training of children is a profession, where we must know how to waste time in order to save it.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Time, Children, Order, Profession, Training, Waste)

The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Imagination, Limits, Reality, World)

Those that are most slow in making a promise are the most faithful in the performance of it.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Performance, Promise)

To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: First, Will)

We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason. All that we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man's estate, is the gift of education.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Education, Strength, Man, Reason)

We do not know what is really good or bad fortune.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Fortune)

We pity in others only the those evils which we ourselves have experienced.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Pity)

We should not teach children the sciences; but give them a taste for them.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Children, Taste)

When something an affliction happens to you, you either let it defeat you, or you defeat it.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Affliction, Defeat)

You forget that the fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to no one.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Forget, Land)







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