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Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Liberty is not to be found in any form of government; she is in the heart of the free man; he bears her with him everywhere.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “In the strict sense of the term, a true democracy has never existed, and never will exist.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Whence do I get my rules of conduct? I find them in my heart. Whatever I feel to be good is good. Whatever I feel to be evil is evil. Conscience is the best of casuists.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Money is the seed of money, and the first guinea is sometimes more difficult to acquire than the second million.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “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 Quote: “If there wasn’t a God we would have to invent one to keep people sane.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “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 Quote: “There is a period in life when we go backwards as we advance.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “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 Quote: “For it is in our nature to endure patiently the decrees of fate, but not the ill-will of others.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “The bigger a state becomes the more liberty diminishes.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “I long remained a child, and I am still one in many respects.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “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 multitude of crimes is a gaurantee of impunity.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “It is not possible for minds degraded by a host of trivial concerns to ever rise to anything great.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “One may live tranquilly in a dungeon; but does life consist in living quietly?”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “To be driven by our appetites alone is slavery, while to obey a law that we have imposed on ourselves is freedom.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Every artists wants to be applauded.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “It is hard to prevent oneself from believing what one so keenly desires.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “If all were perfect Christians, individuals would do their duty; the people would be obedient to the laws, the magistrates incorrupt, and there would be neither vanity nor luxury in such a state.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “My liveliest delight was in having conquered myself.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “The truth brings no man a fortune.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “A born king is a very rare being.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “The first person who, having enclosed a plot of land, took it into his head to say this is mine and found people simple enough to believe him was the true founder of civil society. What crimes, wars, murders, what miseries and horrors would the human race have been spared, had some one pulled up the stakes or filled in the ditch and cried out to his fellow men: “Do not listen to this imposter. You are lost if you forget that the fruits of the earth belong to all and the earth to no one!”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “God made me and broke the mold.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Self-love is an instrument useful but dangerous; it often wounds the hand which makes use of it, and seldom does good without doing harm.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Nature made me happy and good, and if I am otherwise, it is society’s fault.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Everything is good as it comes from the hands of the Maker of the world, but degenerates once it gets into the hands of man.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “I perceive God everywhere in His works. I sense Him in me; I see Him all around me.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “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 Quote: “It is in man’s heart that the life of nature’s spectacle exists; to see it, one must feel it.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Never exceed your rights, and they will soon become unlimited.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “There are times when I am so unlike myself that I might be taken for someone else of an entirely opposite character.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “In truth, laws are always useful to those with possessions and harmful to those who have nothing; from which it follows that the social state is advantageous to men only when all possess something and none has too much.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Heroes are not known by the loftiness of their carriage; the greatest braggarts are generally the merest cowards.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “I have never thought, for my part, that man’s freedom consists in his being able to do whatever he wills, but that he should not, by any human power, be forced to do what is against his will.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “There is peace in dungeons, but is that enough to make dungeons desirable?”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “It is pity in which the state of nature takes the place of laws, morals and virtues, with the added advantage that no one there is tempted to disobey its gentle voice.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “The greatest braggarts are usually the biggest cowards.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Do to others as you would have others do to you, inspires all men with that other maxim of natural goodness a great deal less perfect, but perhaps more useful: Do good to yourself with as little prejudice as you can to others.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “By doing good we become good.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Truth is an homage that the good man pays to his own dignity.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Reason deceives us; conscience, never.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Our affections as well as our bodies are in perpetual flux.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Yes, if the life and death of Socrates are those of a wise man, the life and death of Jesus are those of a god.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “It is easier to conquer than to administer. With enough leverage, a finger could overturn the world; but to support the world, one must have the shoulders of Hercules.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “That man is truly free who desires what he is able to perform, and does what he desires.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “I had been brought up in a church which decides everything and permits no doubts, so that having rejected one article of faith I was forced to reject the rest.”
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