Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) quotes

 

  • A feeble body weakens the mind.
  • Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death.
  • All of my misfortunes come from having thought too well of my fellows.
  • Base souls have no faith in great individuals.
  • Childhood is the sleep of reason.
  • Every man has a right to risk his own life for the preservation of it.
  • Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect.
  • I have always said and felt that true enjoyment can not be described.
  • It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a 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.
  • Man is born free, and everywhere he is in shackles.
  • Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves.
  • Our affections as well as our bodies are in a perpetual flux.
  • Our greatest evils flow from ourselves.
  • Our will is always for our own good, but we do not always see what that is.
  • Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
  • People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
  • Take from the philosopher the pleasure of being heard and his desire for knowledge ceases.
  • Take the course opposite to custom and you will almost always do well.
  • The English are predisposed to pride, the French to vanity.
  • The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences.
  • The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.
  • Those that are most slow in making a promise are the most faithful in the performance of it.
  • We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason. All tht we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man's estate, is the gift of education.
  • We pity in other only those evils which we ourselves have experienced.
  • You forget that the fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to no one.

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