Quotations by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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


Do I dare set forth here the most important, the most useful rule of all education? It is not to save time, but to squander it.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Education, Time)

Every man has the right to risk his own life in order to preserve it. Has it ever been said that a man who throws himself out the window to escape from a fire is guilty of suicide?
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Life, Fire, Man, Order, Right, Risk, Suicide)

God made me and broke the mold.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: God)

Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook, and a good digestion.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Bank account)

He who is most slow in making a promise is the most faithful in performance of it.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Performance, Promise)

I hate books; they only teach us to talk about what we don't know.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Books, Hate, Talk)

I have resolved on an enterprise that has no precedent and will have no imitator. I want to set before my fellow human beings a man in every way true to nature; and that man will be myself.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Nature, Man, Want, Will)

I long remained a child, and I am still one in many respects.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

I may be no better, but at least I am different.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: May)

I may not be better than other people, but at least I'm different.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: People, May)

I only see clearly what I remember.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

I undertake the same project as Montaigne, but with an aim contrary to his own: for he wrote his Essays only for others, and I write my reveries only for myself.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Project)

Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Arguments, Insults, Wrong)

It is a mania shared by philosophers of all ages to deny what exists and to explain what does not exist.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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

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

No man has any natural authority over his fellow men.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Men, Authority, Man)

No true believer could be intolerant or a persecutor. If I were a magistrate and the law carried the death penalty against atheists, I would begin by sending to the stake whoever denounced another.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Death, Law)

O love, if I regret the age when one savors you, it is not for the hour of pleasure, but for the one that follows it.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Age, Love, Pleasure, Regret)

Ordinary readers, forgive my paradoxes: one must make them when one reflects; and whatever you may say, I prefer being a man with paradoxes than a man with prejudices.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Being, Man, May, Paradoxes)

Religious persecutors are not believers, they are rascals.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Religious)

Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have always to combat with ourselves.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: War, Virtue, State)

We are born, so to speak, twice over; born into existence, and born into life; born a human being, and born a man.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Life, Being, Existence, Man)

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Wisdom, Kindness)

Whoever blushes is already guilty; true innocence is ashamed of nothing.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Blushes, Innocence, Nothing)







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