Jean Jacques Rousseau Quotes

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It is in man's heart that the life of nature's spectacle exists; to see it, one must feel it.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (Emile, 1762)

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

Jean Jacques Rousseau (Julie, or the New Heloise, 1761)

People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (Emile - Book IV, 1762)

Cities are the abyss of the human species.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (Emile, 1762)

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

Jean Jacques Rousseau (Quoted in Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1968)

All that time is lost which might be better employed.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (Eloisa - Letter X, 1762)

No man has any natural authority over his fellow men.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (The Social Contract - Book I, 1762)

Take the course opposite to custom and you will almost always do well. 

Jean Jacques Rousseau (Emile, 1762)

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

Jean Jacques Rousseau (Emile - Book III, 1762)

Do not judge, and you will never be mistaken.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (Emile, 1762)

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

Jean Jacques Rousseau (The Social Contract - Book I, 1762)

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?

Jean Jacques Rousseau (Emile - Book II, 1762)

An honest man nearly always thinks justly.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (Julie, or the New Heloise, 1761)

Living is not breathing but doing.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (Quoted in The Indispensable Rousseau, 1979)

A man speaks of what he knows, a woman of what pleases her: the one requires knowledge, the other taste.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (Emile - Book V, 1762)

We pity in others only the those evils which we ourselves have experienced.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (Emile, 1762)

Wisdom is so nearly allied to happiness, that the two objects are confounded.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (The Social Contract, 1762)

The one thing we do not know is the limit of the knowable.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (Emile - Book IV, 1762)

What good would it be to possess the whole universe if one were its only survivor?

Jean Jacques Rousseau (A Lasting Peace Through the Federation of Europe, 1756)

The right of conquest has no foundation other than the right of the strongest.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (The Social Contract - Book I, 1762)

Money is the seed of money, and the first guinea is sometimes more difficult to acquire than the second million.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (Discourses on Inequality, 1754)

Good laws lead to the making of better ones; bad ones bring about worse.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (The Social Contract - Book III, 1762)

He who is most slow in making a promise is the most faithful in performance of it.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

The happiest is he who suffers least; the most miserable is he who enjoys least.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (Emile - Book II, 1762)

Conscience is the voice of the soul; the passions are the voice of the body.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (Emile - Book III, 1762)

The thirst after happiness is never extinguished in the heart of man.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (Confessions - Book IX, 1770)

You are lost if you forget that the fruits of the earth belong to all and the earth to no one!

Jean Jacques Rousseau (Discourses on Inequality, 1754)

I only see clearly what I remember.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (Confessions - Book III, 1770)

I have always said and felt that true enjoyment can not be described. 

Jean Jacques Rousseau (Confessions - Book VIII, 1770)

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Jean Jacques Rousseau Biography

Born: June 28, 1712
Died: July 2, 1778

Jean Jacques Rousseau, or also known simply as Rousseau, was a French-Genevan political philosopher and writer. His philosophy had an major influence on the French Revolution.

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Notable Works

Discourse on the Arts and Sciences (1750)
Narcissus (1752)
Le Devin du Village
Discourse on Inequality (1754)
Emile: or, On Education (1762)
The Social Contract (1762)
Les Confessions
Essay on the Origin of Languages
Reveries of a Solitary Walker

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