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The English are predisposed to pride,
by Jean Jacques Rousseau

The English are predisposed to pride,
the French to vanity.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Plant and your spouse plants with you;
weed and you weed alone.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks
only of earning a living.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Those that are most slow in making a promise are the
most faithful in the performance of it.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

 

We pity in others only the those evils which we ourselves have experienced.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

God made me and broke the mold.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

We do not know what is really good or bad fortune.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

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Take from the philosopher the pleasure of being heard
and his desire for knowledge ceases.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Do I dare set forth here the most important,
the most useful rule of all education? It is not to save time,
but to squander it.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

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

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

Our affections as well as our bodies are in perpetual flux.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

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

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

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

Most nations, as well as people are impossible only in their youth;
they become incorrigible as they grow older.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

I hate books; they only teach us to talk about things we know nothing about.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Our greatest evils flow from ourselves.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Man is born free, and everywhere he is in shackles.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Childhood is the sleep of reason.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

You forget that the fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to no one.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

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

I only see clearly what I remember.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

I have always said and felt that true enjoyment can not be described.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Falsehood has an infinity of combinations,
but truth has only one mode of being.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

O love, if I regret the age when one savors you,
it is not for the hour of pleasure, but for the one that follows it.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Religious persecutors are not believers,
they are rascals.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

He who is most slow in making a promise is the most
faithful in performance of it.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Remorse sleeps during prosperity but awakes bitter
consciousness during adversity.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Absolute silence leads to sadness.
It is the image of death.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook,
and a good digestion.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The body politic, as well as the human body,
begins to die as soon as it is born,
and carries itself the causes of its destruction.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

People who know little are usually great talkers,
while men who know much say little.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Base souls have no faith in great individuals.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Although modesty is natural to man, it is not natural to children.
Modesty only begins with the knowledge of evil.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

I may be no better, but at least I am different.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Whoever blushes is already guilty; true innocence is ashamed of nothing.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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

Fame is but the breath of people, and that often unwholesome.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

A feeble body weakens the mind.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

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

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.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

The English think they are free.
They are free only during the election of members of parliament.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

We should not teach children the sciences;
but give them a taste for them.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Take the course opposite to custom and you will almost always do well.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

I may not be better than other people,
but at least I'm different.
- 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

All of my misfortunes come from having thought too well of my fellows.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

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

When something an affliction happens to you,
you either let it defeat you, or you defeat it.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Force does not constitute right...
obedience is due only to legitimate powers.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid,
but which none have a right to expect.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

I undertake the same project as Montaigne,
but with an aim contrary to his own:
for he wrote his Essays only for others,
and I write my reveries only for myself.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Our will is always for our own good,
but we do not always see what that is.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

No man has any natural authority over his fellow men.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Ordinary readers, forgive my paradoxes:
one must make them when one reflects;
and whatever you may say,
I prefer being a man with paradoxes than a man with prejudices.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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

However great a man's natural talent may be,
the act of writing cannot be learned all at once.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

It is a mania shared by philosophers of all ages to
deny what exists and to explain what does not exist.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

I long remained a child, and I am still one in many respects.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The world of reality has its limits;
the world of imagination is boundless.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

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.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Reading, solitude, idleness, a soft and sedentary life,
intercourse with women and young people,
these are perilous paths for a young man,
and these lead him constantly into danger.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

No true believer could be intolerant or a persecutor.
If I were a magistrate and the law carried the death
penalty against atheists,
I would begin by sending to the stake whoever denounced another.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

I have resolved on an enterprise that has no precedent
and will have no imitator.
I want to set before my fellow human beings a man in
every way true to nature;
and that man will be myself.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Every man has the right to risk his own life in order to preserve it.
Has it ever been said that a man who throws himself
out the window to escape from a fire is guilty of suicide?
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau


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