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Top 350 Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quotes (2022 Update)
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Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Base souls have no faith in great individuals.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Take from the philosopher the pleasure of being heard and his desire for knowledge ceases.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “It is not our criminal actions that require courage to confess, but those which are ridiculous and foolish.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Presence of mind, penetration, fine observation, are the sciences of women; ability to avail themselves of these is their talent.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “The mechanism she employs is much more powerful than ours, for all her levers move the human heart.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Watch a cat when it enters a room for the first time. It searches and smells about, it is not quiet for a moment, it trusts nothing until it has examined and made acquaintance with everything.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Love, known to the person by whom it is inspired, becomes more bearable.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “The infant, on opening his eyes, ought to see his country, and to the hour of his death never lose sight of it.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Whether the woman shares the man’s passion or not, whether she is willing or unwilling to satisfy it, she always repulses him and defends herself, though not always with the same vigour, and therefore not always with the same success.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “I only see clearly what I remember.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Those who distinguish civil from theological intolerance are, to my mind, mistaken.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “If I had remained free, obscure, and alone placed in the situation Nature designed me for, I should have done nothing but what was right, for my heart bears not the feeds of any mischievous passion. Had I been invisible and powerful as the Almighty, I should have been benevolent and good like him: it is power and freedom that make good men, weakness and slavery never made any but wicked ones.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “The spectacle of nature, by growing quite familiar to him, becomes at last equally indifferent. It is constantly the same order, constantly the same revolutions; he has not sense enough to feel surprise at the sight of the greatest wonders; and it is not in his mind we must look for that philosophy, which man must have to know how to observe once, what he has every day seen.” Jean Jacques Rousseau, On the Inequality among Mankind, Ch. 1, 20.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “The man is best served who has no occasion to put the hands of others at the end of his own arms.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “The strength of the people is effective only if it is concentrated; it evaporates and is lost when it is dispersed, just as gunpowder scattered on the ground ignites only grain by grain.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Doubt with regard to what we ought to know is a condition too violent for the human mind; it cannot long be endured; in spite of itself the mind decides one way or another, and it prefers to be deceived rather than to believe nothing.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Great men never make bad use of their superiority. They see it and feel it and are not less modest. The more they have, the more they know their own deficiencies.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “To decide that the son of a slave is born a slave is to decide that he is not born a man.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “The decent man and the lover holds back even when he could obtain what he wishes. To win this silent consent is to make use of all the violence permitted in love. To read it in the eyes, to see it in the ways in spite of the mouth’s denial, that is the art of he who knows how to love. If he then completes his happiness, he is not brutal, he is decent. He does not insult chasteness; he respects it; he serves it.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “One advantage resulting from good actions is that they elevate the soul to a disposition of attempting still better; for such is human weakness, that we must place among our good deeds an abstinence from those crimes we are tempted to commit.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “One loses all the time which he might employ to better purpose.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “There is no folly of which a man who is not a fool cannot get rid except vanity; of this nothing cures a man except experience of its bad consequences, if indeed anything can cure it.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “It is a great evil for a Chief of a nation to be born the enemy of the freedom whose defender he should be.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Suffer, die, or get better; but whatever you do, live while you are alive.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “The good man can be proud of his virtue because it is his. But of what is the intelligent man proud?”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “The wisest writers devote themselves to what a man ought to know, without asking what a child is capable of learning. They are always looking for the man in the child, without considering what he is before he becomes a man.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “I loved too sincerely, too completely, I venture to say, to be able to be happy easily.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “The French, for example, are a contemptible nation.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “The desire to be better understood has been extinguished from my heart.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Interest is the spur of the people, but glory that of great souls.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “It frequently happens that a villainous action does not torment us the instant we commit it, but on recollection, and sometimes even after a number of years have elapsed, for the remembrance of crimes is not to be extinguished.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “There are two things to be considered with regard to any scheme. In the first place, Is it good in itself? In the second, Can it be easily put into practice?”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “To abstain that we may enjoy is the epicurianism of reason.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Gambling is only the resource of those who do not know what to do with themselves.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “What good is it looking for our happiness in the opinion of others if we can find it in ourselves?”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “The bounds of human possibility are not as confining as we think they are; they are made to seem to be tight by our weaknesses, our vices, our prejudices that confine them.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “The science of government is only a science of combinations, of applications, and of exceptions, according to times, places and circumstances.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Even if philosophers were in a position to discover truth, who among them would be interested in it? Each knows well that his system is not better founded than the others; but he supports it because it is his.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “So much good my persecutors have done me by recklessly pouring out all the shafts of their hatred. They have deprived themselves of any power over me and henceforward I can laugh at them. It.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “It is well known that a loose and easy dress contributes much to give to both sexes those fine proportions of body that are observable in the Grecian statues, and which serve as models to our present artists.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “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 Quote: “From this it follows that, the larger the State, the less the liberty.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it means one always has some battle to wage against oneself.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “Self-esteem is the strongest incentive to elevated souls: self-pride, fertile in illusions, often disguises itself, and is mistaken for the former; but when once the fraud is discovered, the danger ceases; for though it is difficult to eradicate it entirely, it may easily be kept in subjection.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “A taste for ostentation is rarely associated in the same souls with a taste for honesty.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “It has always pleased me to read while eating if I have no companion; it gives me the society I lack. I devour alternately a page and a mouthful; it is as though my book were dining with me.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “He certainly deserved the name better than those who had assumed it.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “I believed in childhood by authority, in youth by sentiment, in my mature years by reason; now I believe because I have always believed.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “We should not, with Warburton, conclude from this that politics and religion have among us a common object, but that, in the first periods of nations, the one is used as an instrument for the other.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote: “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.”
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