Jean Jacques Rousseau Quotes

Jean Jacques Rousseau

French political philosopher (1712 - 1778)

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Days of absence, sad and dreary, Clothed in sorrow's dark array, Days of absence, I am weary; She I love is far away.

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To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to kn

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A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.

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Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook and a good digestion.

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The happiest is the person who suffers the least pain; the most miserable who enjoys the least pleasure.

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Your first appearance, he said to me, is the gauge by which you will be measured; try to manage that you may go beyond yourself in after times, but beware of ever doing less.

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Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains.

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God makes all things good; man meddles with them and they become evil.

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As soon as any man says of the affairs of the State "What does it matter to me?" the State may be given up for lost.

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The strongest is never strong enough to be always the master, unless he transforms strength into right, and obedience into duty.

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He who is slowest in making a promise is most faithful in its performance.

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Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.

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The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences.

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One loses all the time which he might employ to better purpose.

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Falsehood has an infinity of combinations, but truth has only one mode of being.

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Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves.

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Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have always to combat with ourselves.

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The training of children is a profession, where we must know how to waste time in order to save it

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