Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quotes

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quotes

In the North the first words are, Help me; in the South, Love me.
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Why should we build our happiness on the opinons of others, when we can find it in our own hearts?

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

We should not teach children the sciences; but give them a taste for them.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

There is no evildoer who could not be made good for something.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

We no longer dare seem what we really are, but lie under a perpetual restraint; in the meantime the herd of men, which we call society, all act under the same circumstances exactly alike, unless very particular and powerful motives prevent them. Thus we never know with whom we have to deal; and even to know our friends we must wait for some critical and pressing occasion; that it, till it is too late; for it is on those very occasion that such knowledge is of use to us.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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?

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Force does not constitute right ... obedience is due only to legitimate powers.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

I only see clearly what I remember.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Accent is the soul of language; it gives to it both feeling and truth.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Sovereigns always see with pleasure a taste for the arts of amusement and superfluity, which do not result in the exportation of bullion, increase among their subjects. They very well know that, besides nourishing that littleness of mind which is proper to slavery, the increase of artificial wants only binds so many more chains upon the people.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Posterity is always just.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Remorse goes to sleep during a prosperous period and wakes up in adversity.
[Fr., Le remords s'endort durant un destin prospere et s'aigrit dans l'adversite.]

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The bigger a state becomes the more liberty diminishes.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Abstract truth is the eye of reason.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

One loses all the time which he might employ to better purpose.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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