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Jean Jacques Rousseau Quotes

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Jean Jacques Rousseau
June 28, 1712 - July 2, 1778
Nationality: Swiss
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: Swiss Philosopher

All of my misfortunes come from having thought too well of my fellows.


We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason. All that we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man's estate, is the gift of education.


We do not know what is really good or bad fortune.


The first step towards vice is to shroud innocent actions in mystery, and whoever likes to conceal something sooner or later has reason to conceal it.


The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.


How many famous and high-spirited heroes have lived a day too long?


Take from the philosopher the pleasure of being heard and his desire for knowledge ceases.


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


Free people, remember this maxim: we may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost.


Heroes are not known by the loftiness of their carriage; the greatest braggarts are generally the merest cowards.


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


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


A feeble body weakens the mind.


Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.


The English are predisposed to pride, the French to vanity.


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


It is unnatural for a majority to rule, for a majority can seldom be organized and united for specific action, and a minority can.


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


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


Every man has a right to risk his own life for the preservation of it.


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