Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quotes

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quotes.

Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselve

Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook, and a good digestion.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
No true believer could be intolerant or a persecutor. If I were a magistrate and the law carried the death penalty against atheists, I would begin by sending to the stake whoever denounced another.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Take from the philosopher the pleasure of being heard and his desire for knowledge ceases.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Ordinary readers, forgive my paradoxes: one must make them when one reflects; and whatever you may say, I prefer being a man with paradoxes than a man with prejudices.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
I have always said and felt that true enjoyment can not be described.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Whoever blushes is already guilty; true innocence is ashamed of nothing.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
I hate books; they only teach us to talk about things we know nothing about.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Base souls have no faith in great individuals.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Do you not know…that a child badly taught is farther from being wise than one not taught at all?
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The freedom of Mankind does not lie in the fact that can do what we want, but that we do not have to do that which we do not want.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Heroes are not known by the loftiness of their carriage; the greatest braggarts are generally the merest cowards.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have always to combat with ourselves.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
O love, if I regret the age when one savors you, it is not for the hour of pleasure, but for the one that follows it.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
We are born, so to speak, twice over; born into existence, and born into life; born a human being, and born a man.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The English think they are free. They are free only during the election of members of parliament.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Religious persecutors are not believers, they are rascals.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
I have resolved on an enterprise that has no precedent and will have no imitator. I want to set before my fellow human beings a man in every way true to nature; and that man will be myself.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The falsification of history has done more to impede human development than any one thing known to mankind.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Although modesty is natural to man, it is not natural to children. Modesty only begins with the knowledge of evil.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Why should we build our happiness on the opinons of others, when we can find it in our own hearts?
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Reading, solitude, idleness, a soft and sedentary life, intercourse with women and young people, these are perilous paths for a young man, and these lead him constantly into danger.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Our affections as well as our bodies are in perpetual flux.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
It is a mania shared by philosophers of all ages to deny what exists and to explain what does not exist.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
A feeble body weakens the mind.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
I prefer liberty with danger than peace with slavery.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Take the course opposite to custom and you will almost always do well.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason. All that we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man’s estate, is the gift of education.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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
Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
I only see clearly what I remember.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
All of my misfortunes come from having thought too well of my fellows.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Reason deceives us; conscience, never.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Do I dare set forth here the most important, the most useful rule of all education? It is not to save time, but to squander it.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Remorse sleeps during prosperity but awakes bitter consciousness during adversity.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
When something an affliction happens to you, you either let it defeat you, or you defeat it.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
You forget that the fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to no one.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The money you have gives you freedom; the money you pursue enslaves you.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
One can buy anything with money except morality.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
I long remained a child, and I am still one in many respects.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
God made me and broke the mold.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
At sixteen, the adolescent knows about suffering because he himself has suffered, but he barely knows that other beings also suffer.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Those that are most slow in making a promise are the most faithful in the performance of it.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Falsehood has an infinity of combinations, but truth has only one mode of being.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Force does not constitute right… obedience is due only to legitimate powers.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau