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Jean Jacques Rousseau

1712-1778 ,  Swiss-French philosopher
Jean Jacques RousseauSwiss-born philosopher, writer, and political theorist 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.

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Freedom is the power to choose our own chains.

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

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

I prefer liberty with danger than peace with slavery.

What wisdom can you find greater than kindness.

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

To be sane in a world of madman is in itself madness.

Every person has a right to risk their own life for the preservation of it.

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.

I perceive God everywhere in His works. I sense Him in me; I see Him all around me.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Those people who treat politics and morality separately will never understand either of them.

Religious persecutors are not believers, they are rascals.

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

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

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

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

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

The truth brings no man a fortune.

Finance is a slave's word.

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

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

That man is truly free who desires what he is able to perform, and does what he desires.

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

Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains.

Slaves lose everything in their chains, even the desire of escaping from them: they love their servitude.

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

Tranquility is found also in dungeons; but is that enough to make them desirable places to live in?

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.

The happiest is he who suffers least; the most miserable is he who enjoys least.

When man is content to be himself he is strong indeed; when he strives to be more than man he is weak indeed.

As soon as the nations took to making God speak, every one made him speak in his own fashion, and made him say what he himself wanted. Had they listened only to what God says in the heart of man, there would have been but one religion upon earth.


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