57 Best Jean Jacques Rousseau Quotes:


1. “What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


2. “The greatest braggarts are usually the biggest cowards.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


3. “People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU

4. “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


5. “The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


6. “Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


7. “Trust your heart rather than your head.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


8. “Every artist’s wants to be applauded.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


9. “Freedom is the power to choose our own chains.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


10. “The English people believes itself to be free; it is gravely mistaken; it is free only during election of members of parliament; as soon as the members are elected, the people is enslaved; it is nothing. In the brief moment of its freedom, the English people makes such a use of that freedom that it deserves to lose it.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


11. “Civilization is a hopeless race to discover remedies for the evils it produces.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


12. “Teach your scholar to observe the phenomena of nature; you will soon rouse his curiosity, but if you would have it grow, do not be in too great a hurry to satisfy this curiosity. Put the problems before him and let him solve them himself. Let him know nothing because you have told him, but because he has learnt it for himself. Let him not be taught science, let him discover it. If ever you substitute authority for reason he will cease to reason; he will be a mere plaything of other people’s thoughts.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


13. “Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains. Those who think themselves the masters of others are indeed greater slaves than they.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


14. “Liberty is like rich food and strong wine: the strong natures accustomed to them thrive and grow even stronger on them; but they deplete, inebriate and destroy the weak.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


15. “In a well-governed state, there are few punishments, not because there are many pardons, but because criminals are rare; it is when a state is in decay that the multitudes of crimes is a guarantee of impunity.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


16. “Nature made me happy and good, and if I am otherwise, it is society’s fault.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


17. “We are reduced to asking others what we are. We never dare to ask ourselves.”  — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU



18. “Why should we build our happiness on the opinions of others, when we can find it in our own hearts?” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


19. “For if men needed speech in order to learn to think, they had a still greater need for knowing how to think in order to discover the art of speaking.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


20. “The one thing we do not know is the limit of the knowable.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


21. “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


22. “There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


23. “I would rather be a man of paradoxes than a man of prejudices.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


24. “Socrates dies with honor, surrounded by his disciples listening to the most tender words -the easiest death that one could wish to die. Jesus dies in pain, dishonor, mockery, the object of universal cursing – the most horrible death that one could fear. At the receipt of the cup of poison, Socrates blesses him who could not give it to him without tears; Jesus, while suffering the sharpest pains, prays for His most bitter enemies. If Socrates lived and died like a philosopher, Jesus lived and died like a god.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


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25. “Blushes are the sign of guilt; true innocence is ashamed of nothing.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


26. “If he who has control of men ought not to control the laws, then he who controls the laws ought not control men: otherwise his laws would minister to his passions.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


27. “Falsehood has an infinity of combinations, but truth has only one mode of being.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


28. “It is not possible for minds degraded by a host of trivial concerns to ever rise to anything great.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


29. “To write a good love letter, you ought to begin without knowing what you mean to say, and to finish without knowing what you have written.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


30. “Conscience is the voice of the soul; the passions are the voice of the body.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


31. “The money that we possess is the instrument of liberty, that which we lack and strive to obtain is the instrument of slavery.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


32. “Nothing on this earth is worth buying at the price of human blood.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU



33. “Truth is an homage that the good man pays to his own dignity.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


34. “The thirst after happiness is never extinguished in the heart of man.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


35. “Once you teach people to say what they do not understand, it is easy enough to get them to say anything you like.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


36. “The freedom of Mankind does not lie in the fact that can do what we want, but that we do not have to do that which we do not want.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


37. “If, by chance, someone among those men of extraordinary talent is found who has firmness of soul and who refuses to yield to the genius of his age and to debase himself with childish works, woe unto him! He will die in poverty and oblivion.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


38. “I feel an indescribable ecstasy and delirium in melting, as it were, into the system of being, in identifying myself with the whole of nature.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


39. “Every person has a right to risk their own life for the preservation of it.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


40. “In any case, frequent punishments are a sign of weakness or slackness in the government. There is no man so bad that he cannot be made good for something. No man should be put to death, even as an example, if he can be left to live without danger to society.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


41. “Nature never deceives us; it is always we who deceive ourselves.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


42. “All wickedness comes from weakness. The child is wicked only because he is weak. Make him strong; he will be good. He who could do everything would never do harm.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


43. “The first sentiment of man was that of his existence, his first care that of preserving it.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


44. “Cities are the abyss of the human species.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


45. “How could I become wicked, when I had nothing but examples of gentleness before my eyes, and none around me but the best people in the world?” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


46. “The people is never corrupted, but it is often deceived.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


47. “More than half of my life is past; I have left only the time I need for turning the rest of it to account and for effacing my errors by my virtues.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


48. “Money is the seed of money, and the first guinea is sometimes more difficult to acquire than the second million.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


49. “To live is not to breathe but to act.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU



50. “It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


51. “Nothing is less in our power than the heart, and far from commanding we are forced to obey it.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


52. “Civilization is a hopeless race to discover remedies for the evils it produces.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


53. “Those that are most slow in making a promise are the most faithful in the performance of it.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


54. “Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


55. “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


56. “I may not be better than other people, but at least I’m different.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


57. “Let us be more simple and less vain.” — JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU


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