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Jean-Jacques Rousseau (UK: , US: ; French: [ʒɑ̃ ʒak ʁuso]; 28 June 1712 – 2 July 1778) was a Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer. His political philosophy influenced the progress of the Enlightenment throughout Europe, as well as aspects of the French Revolution and the development of modern political, economic, and educational thought.

His Discourse on Inequality and The Social Contract are cornerstones in modern political and social thought. Rousseau's sentimental novel Julie, or the New Heloise (1761) was important to the development of preromanticism and romanticism in fiction. His Emile, or On Education (1762) is an educational treatise on the place of the individual in society. Rousseau's autobiographical writings—the posthumously published Confessions (composed in 1769), which initiated the modern autobiography, and the unfinished Reveries of the Solitary Walker (composed 1776–1778)—exemplified the late-18th-century "Age of Sensibility", and featured an increased focus on subjectivity and introspection that later characterized modern writing.

Rousseau befriended fellow philosopher Denis Diderot in 1742, and would later write about Diderot's romantic troubles in his Confessions. During the period of the French Revolution, Rousseau was the most popular of the philosophers among members of the Jacobin Club. He was interred as a national hero in the Panthéon in Paris, in 1794, 16 years after his death.

Quote: People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of gray elephant
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People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.


Quote: A feeble body weakens the mind. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of two hands
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A feeble body weakens the mind.


Quote: Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of woman holding Pug puppy
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Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.


Quote: The money you have gives you freedom; the money you pursue enslaves you. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of two private jets money plane
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The money you have gives you freedom; the money you pursue enslaves you.


Quote: What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of green lizard
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What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?


Quote: Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of person holding yellow petaled flower
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Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains.


Quote: Or, rather, let us be more simple and less vain. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of adult Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog
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Or, rather, let us be more simple and less vain.


Quote: I would rather be a man of paradoxes than a man of prejudices. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of full moon in the sky
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I would rather be a man of paradoxes than a man of prejudices.


Quote: Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of airplane wing above body of water during daytime
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Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death.


Quote: The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years, but the one with the richest experiences. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

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


Quote: It is not possible for minds degraded by a host of trivial concerns to ever rise to anything great. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

It is not possible for minds degraded by a host of trivial concerns to ever rise to anything great.


Quote: He who blushes is already guilty. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

He who blushes is already guilty.


Quote: Days of absence, sad and dreary, Clothed in sorrow's dark array,  Days of absence, I am weary; She I love is far away. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Days of absence, sad and dreary, Clothed in sorrow's dark array, Days of absence, I am weary; She I love is far away.


Quote: When the people shall have nothing more to eat, they will eat the rich. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

When the people shall have nothing more to eat, they will eat the rich.


Quote: The truths of the Scriptures are so marked and inimitable, that the inventor would be more of a miraculous character than the hero. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The truths of the Scriptures are so marked and inimitable, that the inventor would be more of a miraculous character than the hero.


Quote: Liberty is obedience to the law which one has laid down for oneself. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Liberty is obedience to the law which one has laid down for oneself.


Quote: Conscience is the voice of the soul; the passions of the body. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Conscience is the voice of the soul; the passions of the body.


Quote: A citizen should render to the state all the services he can as soon as the sovereign demands them. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

A citizen should render to the state all the services he can as soon as the sovereign demands them.


Quote: Smell is the sense of memory and desire. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Smell is the sense of memory and desire.


Quote: Base souls have no faith in great individuals. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Base souls have no faith in great individuals.


Quote: The only talent worthy of Rome is that of conquering the world. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The only talent worthy of Rome is that of conquering the world.


Quote: Who has not sometimes regretted that age when laughter was ever on the lips, and when the heart was ever at peace? by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Who has not sometimes regretted that age when laughter was ever on the lips, and when the heart was ever at peace?


Quote: We pity in others only those evils which we have ourselves experienced. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

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


Quote: The money that we possess is the instrument of liberty, that which we lack and strive to obtain is the instrument of slavery. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The money that we possess is the instrument of liberty, that which we lack and strive to obtain is the instrument of slavery.


Quote: What, then, is the government? An intermediary body established between the subjects and the sovereign for their mutual communication, a body charged with the execution of the laws and the maintenance of freedom, both civil and political. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

What, then, is the government? An intermediary body established between the subjects and the sovereign for their mutual communication, a body charged with the execution of the laws and the maintenance of freedom, both civil and political.


Quote: To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have most need to know. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

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


Quote: In the strict sense of the term, a true democracy has never existed, and never will exist. It is against natural order that the great number should govern and that the few should be governed. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

In the strict sense of the term, a true democracy has never existed, and never will exist. It is against natural order that the great number should govern and that the few should be governed.


Quote: No man should be put to death, even as an example, if he can be left to live without danger to society. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

No man should be put to death, even as an example, if he can be left to live without danger to society.


Quote: Whoso blushes is guilty already; true innocence is ashamed of nothing. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Whoso blushes is guilty already; true innocence is ashamed of nothing.


Quote: Thus the sensuality of the sage is made more keen; abstaining the better to enjoy, that is your philosophy; it is the epicurianism of reason. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Thus the sensuality of the sage is made more keen; abstaining the better to enjoy, that is your philosophy; it is the epicurianism of reason.


Quote: Days of absence, sad and dreary,
Clothed in sorrow's dark array -- -
Days of absence, I am weary;
She I love is far away. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Days of absence, sad and dreary,
Clothed in sorrow's dark array -- -
Days of absence, I am weary;
She I love is far away.


Quote: Conscience is the voice of the soul, the passions are the voice of the body. It is strange that these voices often contradict each other? by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Conscience is the voice of the soul, the passions are the voice of the body. It is strange that these voices often contradict each other?


Quote: Whoever blushes confesses guilt, true innocence never feels shame. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Whoever blushes confesses guilt, true innocence never feels shame.


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. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with 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.


Quote: Anticipation and Hope are born twins. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Anticipation and Hope are born twins.


Quote: There is a period in life when we go backwards as we advance. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

There is a period in life when we go backwards as we advance.


Quote: I had brought from Paris the national prejudice against Italian music; but I had also received from nature that acute sensibility against which prejudices are powerless. I soon contracted the passion it inspires in all those born to understand it. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

I had brought from Paris the national prejudice against Italian music; but I had also received from nature that acute sensibility against which prejudices are powerless. I soon contracted the passion it inspires in all those born to understand it.


Quote: Innocence is ashamed of nothing. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Innocence is ashamed of nothing.


Quote: To live is not breathing it is action. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

To live is not breathing it is action.


Quote: When a man dies he clutches in his hands only that which he has given away during his lifetime. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

When a man dies he clutches in his hands only that which he has given away during his lifetime.


Quote: Cities are the abyss of the human species. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Cities are the abyss of the human species.


Quote: Universal silence is taken to imply the consent of the people. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Universal silence is taken to imply the consent of the people.


Quote: 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. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

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.


Quote: The people is never corrupted, but it is often deceived. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The people is never corrupted, but it is often deceived.


Quote: From this moment there would be no question of virtue or morality; for despotism cui ex honesto nulla est spes, wherever it prevails, admits no other master; it no sooner speaks than probity and duty lose their weight and blind obedience is the only virtue which slaves can still practice. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of Jean-Jacques Rousseau quote; white text on black background

From this moment there would be no question of virtue or morality; for despotism cui ex honesto nulla est spes, wherever it prevails, admits no other master; it no sooner speaks than probity and duty lose their weight and blind obedience is the only virtue which slaves can still practice.


Quote: All my misfortunes come of having thought too well of my fellows. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

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


Quote: One may live tranquilly in a dungeon; but does life consist in living quietly? by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

One may live tranquilly in a dungeon; but does life consist in living quietly?


Quote: The bigger a state becomes the more liberty diminishes. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The bigger a state becomes the more liberty diminishes.


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. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with 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.


Quote: To live is not to breathe but to act. It is to make use of our organs, our senses, our faculties, of all the parts of ourselves which give us the sentiment of our existence. The man who has lived the most is not he who has counted the most years but he who has most felt life. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of Jean-Jacques Rousseau quote; white text on black background

To live is not to breathe but to act. It is to make use of our organs, our senses, our faculties, of all the parts of ourselves which give us the sentiment of our existence. The man who has lived the most is not he who has counted the most years but he who has most felt life.


Quote: We seek knowledge only because we desire enjoyment, and it is impossible to conceive why a person who has neither desires nor fears would take the trouble to reason. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

We seek knowledge only because we desire enjoyment, and it is impossible to conceive why a person who has neither desires nor fears would take the trouble to reason.


Quote: The world is woman's book.

Fr., Le monde est le livre des femmes. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The world is woman's book.

Fr., Le monde est le livre des femmes.


Quote: The want of occupation is no less the plague of society than of solitude. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The want of occupation is no less the plague of society than of solitude.


Quote: The man is best served who has no occasion to put the hands of others at the end of his own arms. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The man is best served who has no occasion to put the hands of others at the end of his own arms.


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. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with 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.




Quote: God made me and broke the mold. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

God made me and broke the mold.


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. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with 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.


Quote: Not all the subtilties of metaphysics can make me doubt a moment of the immortality of the soul, and of a beneficent Providence. I feel it, I believe it, I desire it, I hope it, and will defend it to my last breath. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Not all the subtilties of metaphysics can make me doubt a moment of the immortality of the soul, and of a beneficent Providence. I feel it, I believe it, I desire it, I hope it, and will defend it to my last breath.


Quote: Nations, like men, are teachable only in their youth; with age they become incorrigible. Once customs are established and prejudices rooted, reform is a dangerous and fruitless enterprise; a people cannot bear to see its evils touched, even if only to be eradicated. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of Jean-Jacques Rousseau quote; white text on black background

Nations, like men, are teachable only in their youth; with age they become incorrigible. Once customs are established and prejudices rooted, reform is a dangerous and fruitless enterprise; a people cannot bear to see its evils touched, even if only to be eradicated.


Quote: A man says what he knows, a woman says what will please. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

A man says what he knows, a woman says what will please.




Quote: Behold the works of our philosophers; with all their pompous diction, how mean and contemptible they are by comparison with the Scriptures! Is it possible that a book at once so simple and sublime should be merely the work of man? by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Behold the works of our philosophers; with all their pompous diction, how mean and contemptible they are by comparison with the Scriptures! Is it possible that a book at once so simple and sublime should be merely the work of man?


Quote: The first sentiment of man was that of his existence, his first care that of preserving it. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The first sentiment of man was that of his existence, his first care that of preserving it.


Quote: Posterity is always just. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Posterity is always just.


Quote: But remain the teacher of the young teachers. Advise and direct us, and we will be ready to learn. I will have need of you as long as I live. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

But remain the teacher of the young teachers. Advise and direct us, and we will be ready to learn. I will have need of you as long as I live.


Quote: Remorse sleeps in the atmosphere of prosperity. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Remorse sleeps in the atmosphere of prosperity.


Quote: How much more reasonable is it to say with the sage Plato, that the perfect happiness of a state consists in the subjects obeying their prince, the prince obeying the laws, and the laws being equitable and always directed to the good of the public? by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

How much more reasonable is it to say with the sage Plato, that the perfect happiness of a state consists in the subjects obeying their prince, the prince obeying the laws, and the laws being equitable and always directed to the good of the public?


Quote: Now it is easy to perceive that the moral part of love is a factitious sentiment, engendered by society, and cried up by the women with great care and address in order to establish their empire, and secure command to that sex which ought to obey. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Now it is easy to perceive that the moral part of love is a factitious sentiment, engendered by society, and cried up by the women with great care and address in order to establish their empire, and secure command to that sex which ought to obey.


Quote: The truths of the Scriptures are so marked and inimitable, that the inventor would be more of a miraculous character than the hero. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The truths of the Scriptures are so marked and inimitable, that the inventor would be more of a miraculous character than the hero.


Quote: The majesty of the Scriptures strikes me with admiration, as the purity of the gospel has its influence on my heart. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The majesty of the Scriptures strikes me with admiration, as the purity of the gospel has its influence on my heart.


Quote: He who has the base necessities of life should pay nothing; taxation on him who has a surplus may, if need be; extend to everything beyond necessities. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

He who has the base necessities of life should pay nothing; taxation on him who has a surplus may, if need be; extend to everything beyond necessities.


Quote: Temperance and labor are the two real physicians of man. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Temperance and labor are the two real physicians of man.


Quote: Temperance and labor are the two best physicians of man; labor sharpens the appetite, and temperance prevents from indulging to excess. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Temperance and labor are the two best physicians of man; labor sharpens the appetite, and temperance prevents from indulging to excess.


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? by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with 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?


Quote: Remorse sleeps during a prosperous period but wakes up in adversity. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Remorse sleeps during a prosperous period but wakes up in adversity.


Quote: She was dull, unattractive, couldn't tell the time, count money or tie her own shoe laces... But I loved her. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

She was dull, unattractive, couldn't tell the time, count money or tie her own shoe laces... But I loved her.


Quote: Frequent punishments are always a sign of weakness or laziness on the part of a government. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Frequent punishments are always a sign of weakness or laziness on the part of a government.


Quote: Provided a man is not mad, he can be cured of every folly but vanity; there is no cure for this but experience, if indeed there is any cure for it at all. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Provided a man is not mad, he can be cured of every folly but vanity; there is no cure for this but experience, if indeed there is any cure for it at all.


Quote: Provided a man is not mad, he can be cured of every folly but vanity. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Provided a man is not mad, he can be cured of every folly but vanity.


Quote: Never exceed your rights, and they will soon become unlimited. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Never exceed your rights, and they will soon become unlimited.


Quote: I loved too sincerely, too completely, I venture to say, to be able to be happy easily. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

I loved too sincerely, too completely, I venture to say, to be able to be happy easily.


Quote: As long as there are rich people in the world, they will be desirous of distinguishing themselves from the poor. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

As long as there are rich people in the world, they will be desirous of distinguishing themselves from the poor.


Quote: To study men, we must look close by; to study man, we must learn to look afar; if we are to discover essential characteristics, we must first observe differences. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

To study men, we must look close by; to study man, we must learn to look afar; if we are to discover essential characteristics, we must first observe differences.


Quote: 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. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

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.


Quote: Jewish authors would never have invented either that style nor that morality; and the Gospel has marks of truth so great, so striking, so utterly inimitable, that the invention of it would be more astonishing than the hero. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Jewish authors would never have invented either that style nor that morality; and the Gospel has marks of truth so great, so striking, so utterly inimitable, that the invention of it would be more astonishing than the hero.


Quote: The man who meditates is a depraved animal. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The man who meditates is a depraved animal.


Quote: Reason deceives us; conscience, never. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Reason deceives us; conscience, never.


Quote: Love, known to the person by whom it is inspired, becomes more bearable. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Love, known to the person by whom it is inspired, becomes more bearable.


Quote: The social compact sets up among the citizens as equality of such kind, that they all bind themselves to observe the same conditions and should therefore all enjoy the same rights. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The social compact sets up among the citizens as equality of such kind, that they all bind themselves to observe the same conditions and should therefore all enjoy the same rights.


Quote: Consolation indiscreetly pressed upon us, when we are suffering undue affliction, only serves to increase our pain, and to render our grief more poignant. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Consolation indiscreetly pressed upon us, when we are suffering undue affliction, only serves to increase our pain, and to render our grief more poignant.


Quote: To make a man richer, give him more money of curb his desires. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

To make a man richer, give him more money of curb his desires.


Quote: Everything made by man may be destroyed by man; there are no ineffaceable characters except those engraved by nature; and nature makes neither princes nor rich men nor great lords. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Everything made by man may be destroyed by man; there are no ineffaceable characters except those engraved by nature; and nature makes neither princes nor rich men nor great lords.


Quote: That which renders life burdensome to us generally arises from the abuse of it. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

That which renders life burdensome to us generally arises from the abuse of it.


Quote: I bold it impossible, that the great monarchies of Europe can subsist much longer; they all affect magnificence and splendor. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

I bold it impossible, that the great monarchies of Europe can subsist much longer; they all affect magnificence and splendor.


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. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with 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.


Quote: Abstaining so as really to enjoy, is the epicurism, the very perfection, of reason. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Abstaining so as really to enjoy, is the epicurism, the very perfection, of reason.


Quote: We do not know what really good or bad fortune is. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

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




Quote: Do you not know...that a child badly taught is farther from being wise than one not taught at all? by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Do you not know...that a child badly taught is farther from being wise than one not taught at all?


Quote: The greatest braggarts are usually the biggest cowards. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The greatest braggarts are usually the biggest cowards.


Quote: Girls must be thwarted early in life. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Girls must be thwarted early in life.


Quote: I hate books; they only teach people to talk about what they don't understand. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

I hate books; they only teach people to talk about what they don't understand.


Quote: Love childhood, indulge its sports, its pleasures, its delightful instincts. Who has not sometimes regretted that age when laughter was ever on the lips, and when the heart was ever at peace? by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Love childhood, indulge its sports, its pleasures, its delightful instincts. Who has not sometimes regretted that age when laughter was ever on the lips, and when the heart was ever at peace?




Quote: Inopportune consolations increase a deep sorrow. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Inopportune consolations increase a deep sorrow.


Quote: It is as if my heart and my brain did not belong to the same person. Feelings come quicker than lightning and fill my soul, but they bring me no illumination; they burn me and dazzle me. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

It is as if my heart and my brain did not belong to the same person. Feelings come quicker than lightning and fill my soul, but they bring me no illumination; they burn me and dazzle me.


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. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with 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.


Quote: Everything degenerates in the hands of man. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Everything degenerates in the hands of man.




Quote: In Genoa, the word, libertas can be read on the front of prisons and on the fetters of galley-slaves. The application of this motto is fine and just. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

In Genoa, the word, libertas can be read on the front of prisons and on the fetters of galley-slaves. The application of this motto is fine and just.


Quote: Teach by doing whenever you can, and only fall back upon words when doing it is out of the question. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Teach by doing whenever you can, and only fall back upon words when doing it is out of the question.


Quote: It is manifestly contrary to the law of nature, however defined, that a handful of people should gorge themselves with superfluities while the hungry majority goes in need of necessities. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

It is manifestly contrary to the law of nature, however defined, that a handful of people should gorge themselves with superfluities while the hungry majority goes in need of necessities.


Quote: In the North the first words are, Help me; in the South, Love me. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

In the North the first words are, Help me; in the South, Love me.


Quote: Hatred, as well as love, renders its votaries credulous. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Hatred, as well as love, renders its votaries credulous.


Quote: For it is in our nature to endure patiently the decrees of fate, but not the ill-will of others. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

For it is in our nature to endure patiently the decrees of fate, but not the ill-will of others.


Quote: It is hard to prevent oneself from believing what one so keenly desires, and who can doubt that the interest we have in admitting or denying the reality of the Judgement to come determines the faith of most men in accordance with their hopes and fears. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

It is hard to prevent oneself from believing what one so keenly desires, and who can doubt that the interest we have in admitting or denying the reality of the Judgement to come determines the faith of most men in accordance with their hopes and fears.


Quote: I say to myself: Who are you to measure infinite power? by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

I say to myself: Who are you to measure infinite power?


Quote: Chemistry... is like the maid occupied with daily civilisation; she is busy with fertilisers, medicines, glass, insecticides ... for she dispenses the recipes. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Chemistry... is like the maid occupied with daily civilisation; she is busy with fertilisers, medicines, glass, insecticides ... for she dispenses the recipes.


Quote: Even knaves may be made good for something. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Even knaves may be made good for something.


Quote: Do not base your life on the judgments of others; first, because they are as likely to be mistaken as you are, and further, because you cannot know that they are telling you their true thoughts. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Do not base your life on the judgments of others; first, because they are as likely to be mistaken as you are, and further, because you cannot know that they are telling you their true thoughts.




Quote: The opportunity of making happy is more scarce than we imagine; the punishment of missing it is, never to meet with it again; and the use we make of it leaves us an eternal sentiment of satisfaction or repentance. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The opportunity of making happy is more scarce than we imagine; the punishment of missing it is, never to meet with it again; and the use we make of it leaves us an eternal sentiment of satisfaction or repentance.


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. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with 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.


Quote: If there is in this world a well-attested account, it is that of vampires. Nothing is lacking: official reports, affidavits of well-known people, of surgeons, of priests, of magistrates; the judicial proof is most complete. And with all that, who is there who believes in vampires? by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of Jean-Jacques Rousseau quote: If there is in this world a well-attested account, it is that of vampires. Nothing is lacking: official reports, affidavits of well-known people, of surgeons, of priests, of magistrates; the judicial proof is most complete. And with all that, who is there who believes in vampires?- black text on quotes background

If there is in this world a well-attested account, it is that of vampires. Nothing is lacking: official reports, affidavits of well-known people, of surgeons, of priests, of magistrates; the judicial proof is most complete. And with all that, who is there who believes in vampires?




Quote: The English people think they are free; they are greatly deceived; they are free only during the election of members of Parliament. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The English people think they are free; they are greatly deceived; they are free only during the election of members of Parliament.


Quote: From the first moment of life, men ought to begin learning to deserve to live; and, as at the instant of birth we partake of the rights of citizenship, that instant ought to be the beginning of the exercise of our duty. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

From the first moment of life, men ought to begin learning to deserve to live; and, as at the instant of birth we partake of the rights of citizenship, that instant ought to be the beginning of the exercise of our duty.


Quote: Plants are shaped by cultivation and men by education. .. We are born weak, we need strength; we are born totally unprovided, we need aid; we are born stupid, we need judgment. Everything we do not have at our birth and which we need when we are grown is given us by education. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of Jean-Jacques Rousseau quote; white text on black background

Plants are shaped by cultivation and men by education. .. We are born weak, we need strength; we are born totally unprovided, we need aid; we are born stupid, we need judgment. Everything we do not have at our birth and which we need when we are grown is given us by education.


Quote: Whatever may be our natural talents, the art of writing is not acquired all at once. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Whatever may be our natural talents, the art of writing is not acquired all at once.


Quote: It is in man's heart that the life of nature's spectacle exists; to see it, one must feel it. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

It is in man's heart that the life of nature's spectacle exists; to see it, one must feel it.


Quote: An animal, at the end of a few months, is what it will be all its life; and its species, at the end of a thousand years, is what it was in the first of those thousand years. Why is man alone subject to becoming an imbecile? by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

An animal, at the end of a few months, is what it will be all its life; and its species, at the end of a thousand years, is what it was in the first of those thousand years. Why is man alone subject to becoming an imbecile?


Quote: Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.


Quote: There exists one book, which, to my taste, furnishes the happiest treatise of natural education. What then is this marvelous book? Is it Aristotle? Is it Pliny, is it Buffon? No-it is Robinson Crusoe. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

There exists one book, which, to my taste, furnishes the happiest treatise of natural education. What then is this marvelous book? Is it Aristotle? Is it Pliny, is it Buffon? No-it is Robinson Crusoe.


Quote: Among the many short cuts to science, we badly need someone to teach us the art of learning with difficulty. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Among the many short cuts to science, we badly need someone to teach us the art of learning with difficulty.


Quote: We are reduced to asking others what we are. We never dare to ask ourselves. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

We are reduced to asking others what we are. We never dare to ask ourselves.




Quote: Taste is, so to speak, the microscope of the judgment. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Taste is, so to speak, the microscope of the judgment.


Quote: In all the ills that befall us, we are more concerned by the intention than the result. A tile that falls off a roof may injure us more seriously, but it will not wound us so deeply as a stone thrown deliberately by a malevolent hand. The blow may miss, but the intention always strikes home. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of Jean-Jacques Rousseau quote: In all the ills that befall us, we are more concerned by the intention than the result. A tile that falls off a roof may injure us more seriously, but it will not wound us so deeply as a stone thrown deliberately by a malevolent hand. The blow may miss, but the intention always strikes home.- black text on quotes background

In all the ills that befall us, we are more concerned by the intention than the result. A tile that falls off a roof may injure us more seriously, but it will not wound us so deeply as a stone thrown deliberately by a malevolent hand. The blow may miss, but the intention always strikes home.


Quote: Trust your heart rather than your head. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Trust your heart rather than your head.




Quote: Usurpers always bring about or select troublous times to get passed, under cover of the public terror, destructive laws, which the people would never adopt in cold blood. The moment chosen is one of the surest means of distinguishing the work of the legislator from that of the tyrant. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of Jean-Jacques Rousseau quote: Usurpers always bring about or select troublous times to get passed, under cover of the public terror, destructive laws, which the people would never adopt in cold blood. The moment chosen is one of the surest means of distinguishing the work of the legislator from that of the tyrant.- black text on quotes background

Usurpers always bring about or select troublous times to get passed, under cover of the public terror, destructive laws, which the people would never adopt in cold blood. The moment chosen is one of the surest means of distinguishing the work of the legislator from that of the tyrant.


Quote: The political body, therefore, is also a moral being which has a will; and this general will, which tends always to the conservation and well-being of the whole and of each part of it ... is, for all members of the state ... the rule of what is just or unjust. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The political body, therefore, is also a moral being which has a will; and this general will, which tends always to the conservation and well-being of the whole and of each part of it ... is, for all members of the state ... the rule of what is just or unjust.


Quote: Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have always to combat with ourselves. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

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


Quote: There are always four sides to a story: your side, their side, the truth and what really happened. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

There are always four sides to a story: your side, their side, the truth and what really happened.


Quote: The ever-recurring law of necessity soon teaches a man to do what he does not like, so as to avert evils which he would dislike still more... this foresight, well or ill used, is the source of all the wisdom or the wretchedness of mankind. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The ever-recurring law of necessity soon teaches a man to do what he does not like, so as to avert evils which he would dislike still more... this foresight, well or ill used, is the source of all the wisdom or the wretchedness of mankind.


Quote: I have suffered too much in this world not to hope for another. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

I have suffered too much in this world not to hope for another.


Quote: But in some great souls, who consider themselves as citizens of the world, and forcing the imaginary barriers that separate people from people. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

But in some great souls, who consider themselves as citizens of the world, and forcing the imaginary barriers that separate people from people.


Quote: Interest is the spur of the people, but glory that of great souls. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Interest is the spur of the people, but glory that of great souls.


Quote: All through life a man has need of a counsellor and guide. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

All through life a man has need of a counsellor and guide.


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. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with 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.




Quote: Many men, seemingly impelled by fortune, hasten forward to meet misfortune half way. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Many men, seemingly impelled by fortune, hasten forward to meet misfortune half way.


Quote: The infant, on opening his eyes, ought to see his country, and to the hour of his death never lose sight of it. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The infant, on opening his eyes, ought to see his country, and to the hour of his death never lose sight of it.


Quote: The falsification of history has done more to impede human development than any one thing known to mankind. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The falsification of history has done more to impede human development than any one thing known to mankind.


Quote: The mechanism she employs is much more powerful than ours, for all her levers move the human heart. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The mechanism she employs is much more powerful than ours, for all her levers move the human heart.


Quote: Men will argue more philosophically about the human heart; but women will read the heart of man better than they. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Men will argue more philosophically about the human heart; but women will read the heart of man better than they.


Quote: 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. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

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.


Quote: The only moral lesson which is suited for a child -- the most important lesson for every time of life -- is this: 'Never hurt anybody. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The only moral lesson which is suited for a child -- the most important lesson for every time of life -- is this: 'Never hurt anybody.


Quote: There is not a single ill-doer who could not be turned to some good. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

There is not a single ill-doer who could not be turned to some good.


Quote: He who pretends to look on death without fear lies. All men are afraid of dying, this is the great law of sentient beings, without which the entire human species would soon be destroyed. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

He who pretends to look on death without fear lies. All men are afraid of dying, this is the great law of sentient beings, without which the entire human species would soon be destroyed.


Quote: 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. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

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.


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. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with 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.


Quote: A paralyzed man who wants to walk OR an agile man who does not want to walk will both remain neutral in nature. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

A paralyzed man who wants to walk OR an agile man who does not want to walk will both remain neutral in nature.




Quote: With children use force; with men reason; such is the natural order of things. The wise man requires no law. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

With children use force; with men reason; such is the natural order of things. The wise man requires no law.


Quote: Presence of mind, penetration, fine observation, are the sciences of women; ability to avail themselves of these is their talent. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Presence of mind, penetration, fine observation, are the sciences of women; ability to avail themselves of these is their talent.


Quote: Nothing is less in our power than the heart, and far from commanding we are forced to obey it. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Nothing is less in our power than the heart, and far from commanding we are forced to obey it.


Quote: 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. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

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.


Quote: Women speak at an earlier age, more easily, and more agreeably than men; they are accused also of speaking more; this is as it should be, and I willingly change the reproach into a eulogy. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Women speak at an earlier age, more easily, and more agreeably than men; they are accused also of speaking more; this is as it should be, and I willingly change the reproach into a eulogy.




Quote: The tone of good conversation is brilliant and natural; it is neither tedious nor frivolous; it is instructive without pedantry, gay without tumultuousness, polished without affectation, gallant without insipidity, waggish without equivocation. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The tone of good conversation is brilliant and natural; it is neither tedious nor frivolous; it is instructive without pedantry, gay without tumultuousness, polished without affectation, gallant without insipidity, waggish without equivocation.


Quote: The truth brings no man a fortune. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The truth brings no man a fortune.


Quote: To renounce freedom is to renounce one's humanity, one's rights as a man and equally one's duties. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

To renounce freedom is to renounce one's humanity, one's rights as a man and equally one's duties.




Quote: We have to have powder for our wigs; that is why so many poor people have no bread. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

We have to have powder for our wigs; that is why so many poor people have no bread.


Quote: Christ preaches only servitude and dependence... True Christians are made to be slaves. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Christ preaches only servitude and dependence... True Christians are made to be slaves.


Quote: The empire of woman is an empire of softness, of address, of complacency. Her commands are caresses, her menaces are tears. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The empire of woman is an empire of softness, of address, of complacency. Her commands are caresses, her menaces are tears.




Quote: You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing. What! Is it nothing to be happy? Nothing to skip, play and run around all day long? Never in his life will he be so busy again. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing. What! Is it nothing to be happy? Nothing to skip, play and run around all day long? Never in his life will he be so busy again.


Quote: The strongest is never strong enough to be always the master, unless he transforms strength into right, and obedience into duty. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The strongest is never strong enough to be always the master, unless he transforms strength into right, and obedience into duty.


Quote: To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties.


Quote: To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties. For he who renounces everything no indemnity is possible. Such a renunciation is incompatible with man's nature; to remove all liberty from his will is to remove all morality from his acts. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of Jean-Jacques Rousseau quote: To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties. For he who renounces everything no indemnity is possible. Such a renunciation is incompatible with man's nature; to remove all liberty from his will is to remove all morality from his acts.- black text on quotes background

To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties. For he who renounces everything no indemnity is possible. Such a renunciation is incompatible with man's nature; to remove all liberty from his will is to remove all morality from his acts.


Quote: As soon as any man says of the affairs of the State What does it matter to me? the State may be given up for lost. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

As soon as any man says of the affairs of the State What does it matter to me? the State may be given up for lost.


Quote: One thinks himself the master of others, and still remains a greater slave than they. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

One thinks himself the master of others, and still remains a greater slave than they.


Quote: Every man having been born free and master of himself, no one else may under any pretext whatever subject him without his consent. To assert that the son of a slave is born a slave is to assert that he is not born a man. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Every man having been born free and master of himself, no one else may under any pretext whatever subject him without his consent. To assert that the son of a slave is born a slave is to assert that he is not born a man.


Quote: Good laws lead to the making of better ones; bad ones bring about worse. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Good laws lead to the making of better ones; bad ones bring about worse.


Quote: In the strict sense of the term, a true democracy has never existed, and never will exist. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

In the strict sense of the term, a true democracy has never existed, and never will exist.


Quote: In respect of riches, no citizen shall ever be wealthy enough to buy another, and none poor enough to be forced to sell himself. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

In respect of riches, no citizen shall ever be wealthy enough to buy another, and none poor enough to be forced to sell himself.


Quote: Slaves lose everything in their chains, even the desire of escaping from them. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Slaves lose everything in their chains, even the desire of escaping from them.


Quote: War then, is a relation -- not between man and man but between state and state and individuals are enemies only accidentally not as men, nor even as citizens but as soldiers not as members of their country, but as its defenders. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

War then, is a relation -- not between man and man but between state and state and individuals are enemies only accidentally not as men, nor even as citizens but as soldiers not as members of their country, but as its defenders.


Quote: A born king is a very rare being. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

A born king is a very rare being.


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. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with 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.


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. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with 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.


Quote: There is peace in dungeons, but is that enough to make dungeons desirable? by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

There is peace in dungeons, but is that enough to make dungeons desirable?


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. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with 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.


Quote: How many famous and high-spirited heroes have lived a day too long? by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

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


Quote: The taste for splendor is hardly ever combined in the same souls with the taste for the honorable. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The taste for splendor is hardly ever combined in the same souls with the taste for the honorable.


Quote: The social pact, far from destroying natural equality, substitutes, on the contrary, a moral and lawful equality for whatever physical inequality that nature may have imposed on mankind; so that however unequal in strength and intelligence, men become equal by covenant and by right. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of Jean-Jacques Rousseau quote: The social pact, far from destroying natural equality, substitutes, on the contrary, a moral and lawful equality for whatever physical inequality that nature may have imposed on mankind; so that however unequal in strength and intelligence, men become equal by covenant and by right.- black text on quotes background

The social pact, far from destroying natural equality, substitutes, on the contrary, a moral and lawful equality for whatever physical inequality that nature may have imposed on mankind; so that however unequal in strength and intelligence, men become equal by covenant and by right.


Quote: We cannot teach children the danger of telling lies to men without realising, on the man's part, the danger of telling lies to children. A single untruth on the part of the master will destroy the results of his education. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

We cannot teach children the danger of telling lies to men without realising, on the man's part, the danger of telling lies to children. A single untruth on the part of the master will destroy the results of his education.


Quote: If there were a people consisting of gods, they would be governed democratically. So perfect a government is not suitable to men. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

If there were a people consisting of gods, they would be governed democratically. So perfect a government is not suitable to men.


Quote: I think we cannot too strongly attack superstition, which is the disturber of society; nor too highly respect genuine religion, which is the support of it. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

I think we cannot too strongly attack superstition, which is the disturber of society; nor too highly respect genuine religion, which is the support of it.


Quote: There is no subjection so perfect as that which keeps the appearance of freedom. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

There is no subjection so perfect as that which keeps the appearance of freedom.




Quote: A blue-stocking is the scourge of her husband, children, friends, servants, and every one.

Fr., Une femme bel-esprit est le fleau de son mari, de ses enfants, de ses amis, de ses valets, et tout le monde. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

A blue-stocking is the scourge of her husband, children, friends, servants, and every one.

Fr., Une femme bel-esprit est le fleau de son mari, de ses enfants, de ses amis, de ses valets, et tout le monde.


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. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with 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.


Quote: Peter had a genius for imitation; but he lacked true genius, which is creative and makes all from nothing. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Peter had a genius for imitation; but he lacked true genius, which is creative and makes all from nothing.




Quote: Gracefulness cannot subsist without ease; delicacy is not debility; nor must a woman be sick in order to please. Infirmity, and sickness may excite our pity, but desire and pleasure require the bloom and vigor of health. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Gracefulness cannot subsist without ease; delicacy is not debility; nor must a woman be sick in order to please. Infirmity, and sickness may excite our pity, but desire and pleasure require the bloom and vigor of health.


Quote: The problem is to find a form of association which will defend and protect with the whole common force the person and goods of each associate, and in which each, while uniting himself with all, may still obey himself alone, and remain as free as before. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The problem is to find a form of association which will defend and protect with the whole common force the person and goods of each associate, and in which each, while uniting himself with all, may still obey himself alone, and remain as free as before.




Quote: I am not made like any of those I have seen. I venture to believe that I am not made like any of those who are in existence. If I am not better, at least I am different. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

I am not made like any of those I have seen. I venture to believe that I am not made like any of those who are in existence. If I am not better, at least I am different.




Quote: We do not know either unalloyed happiness or unmitigated misfortune. Everything in this world is a tangled yarn; we taste nothing in its purity; we do not remain two moments in the same state. Our affections as well as bodies, are in a perpetual flux. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

We do not know either unalloyed happiness or unmitigated misfortune. Everything in this world is a tangled yarn; we taste nothing in its purity; we do not remain two moments in the same state. Our affections as well as bodies, are in a perpetual flux.


Quote: I may not amount to much, but at least I am unique. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

I may not amount to much, but at least I am unique.




Quote: Never did I think so much, exist so much, be myself so much as in the journeys I have made alone and on foot. Walking has something about it which animates and enlivens my ideas. I can hardly think while I am still; my body must be in motion to move my mind. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Never did I think so much, exist so much, be myself so much as in the journeys I have made alone and on foot. Walking has something about it which animates and enlivens my ideas. I can hardly think while I am still; my body must be in motion to move my mind.


Quote: Ah, that is a perfume in which I delight; when they roast coffee near my house, I hasten to open the door to take in all the aroma. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Ah, that is a perfume in which I delight; when they roast coffee near my house, I hasten to open the door to take in all the aroma.


Quote: The world is the book of women. Whatever knowledge they may possess is more commonly acquired by observation than by reading. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

The world is the book of women. Whatever knowledge they may possess is more commonly acquired by observation than by reading.


Quote: Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains. Those who think themselves the masters of others are indeed greater slaves than they. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains. Those who think themselves the masters of others are indeed greater slaves than they.


Quote: Patience patience quotes is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Patience patience quotes is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.


Quote: Childhood has it's own way of seeing, thinking, and feeling, and nothing is more foolish than to try to substitute ours for theirs. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

Childhood has it's own way of seeing, thinking, and feeling, and nothing is more foolish than to try to substitute ours for theirs.


Quote: The Abbe de Saint-Pierre suggested an association of all the states of Europe to maintain perpetual peace among themselves. Is this association practicable, and supposing that it were established, would it be likely to last? by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote