Jean Jacques Rousseau Top 10 Quotes


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)


What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?

Jean Jacques Rousseau (Emile - Book II, 1762)


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

Jean Jacques Rousseau


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 (Emile - Book IV, 1762)


No man has any natural authority over his fellow men.

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


Why should we build our happiness on the opinions of others, when we can find it in our own hearts? 

Jean Jacques Rousseau (The Social Contract, 1762)


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)


Living is not breathing but doing.

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


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

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


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)

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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.

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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