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Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.

Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death. ---->>>

Every man has the right to risk his own life in order to preserve it. Has it ever been said that a man who throws himself out the window to escape from a fire is guilty of suicide? ---->>>

Free people, remember this maxim: we may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost.

Free people, remember this maxim: we may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost.

You forget that the fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to no one. ---->>>

Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains. ---->>>

A feeble body weakens the mind.

A feeble body weakens the mind.

Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong. ---->>>

The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.

The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.

I have always said and felt that true enjoyment can not be described. ---->>>

Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone.

Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone.

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?

Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook, and a good digestion. ---->>>

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.

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.

Whoever blushes is already guilty; true innocence is ashamed of nothing. ---->>>

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

People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.

People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.

No man has any natural authority over his fellow men. ---->>>

Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves.

Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves.

The English think they are free. They are free only during the election of members of parliament. ---->>>

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

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. ---->>>

Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains. ---->>>

I may be no better, but at least I am different. ---->>>

Take the course opposite to custom and you will almost always do well. ---->>>

It is unnatural for a majority to rule, for a majority can seldom be organized and united for specific action, and a minority can. ---->>>

Our will is always for our own good, but we do not always see what that is. ---->>>

Remorse sleeps during prosperity but awakes bitter consciousness during adversity. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Those that are most slow in making a promise are the most faithful in the performance of it. ---->>>

Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect.

Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect.

Religious persecutors are not believers, they are rascals. ---->>>

However great a man's natural talent may be, the act of writing cannot be learned all at once. ---->>>

Take from the philosopher the pleasure of being heard and his desire for knowledge ceases. ---->>>

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

Falsehood has an infinity of combinations, but truth has only one mode of being. ---->>>

I hate books; they only teach us to talk about things we know nothing about. ---->>>

It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living. ---->>>

The training of children is a profession, where we must know how to waste time in order to save it. ---->>>

Although modesty is natural to man, it is not natural to children. Modesty only begins with the knowledge of evil. ---->>>

All of my misfortunes come from having thought too well of my fellows. ---->>>

It is a mania shared by philosophers of all ages to deny what exists and to explain what does not exist. ---->>>

Heroes are not known by the loftiness of their carriage; the greatest braggarts are generally the merest cowards. ---->>>

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

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

Childhood is the sleep of reason. ---->>>

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

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

Money is the seed of money, and the first guinea is sometimes more difficult to acquire than the second million. ---->>>

Our greatest evils flow from ourselves. ---->>>

Every man has a right to risk his own life for the preservation of it. ---->>>

When something an affliction happens to you, you either let it defeat you, or you defeat it. ---->>>

Most nations, as well as people are impossible only in their youth; they become incorrigible as they grow older. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

The body politic, as well as the human body, begins to die as soon as it is born, and carries itself the causes of its destruction. ---->>>

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

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.

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.

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

I long remained a child, and I am still one in many respects. ---->>>

The English are predisposed to pride, the French to vanity. ---->>>

We are born, so to speak, twice over; born into existence, and born into life; born a human being, and born a man. ---->>>

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

Our affections as well as our bodies are in perpetual flux. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

The first step towards vice is to shroud innocent actions in mystery, and whoever likes to conceal something sooner or later has reason to conceal it. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

God made me and broke the mold. ---->>>

Fame is but the breath of people, and that often unwholesome. ---->>>

Base souls have no faith in great individuals. ---->>>

I only see clearly what I remember. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: French
Born: June 28, 1712
Birthplace: Geneva, Republic of Geneva
Die: July 2, 1778
Occupation: Philosopher
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Jean-Jacques Rousseau (; French: [ʒɑ̃ʒak ʁuso]; 28 June 1712 – 2 July 1778) was a Francophone Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer of the 18th century. His political philosophy influenced the Enlightenment in France and across Europe, as well as aspects of the French Revolution and the overall development of modern political and educational thought (wikipedia)