Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quotes
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Money is the seed of money.
Childhood is the sleep of reason.
Reason deceives us; conscience, never.
An honest man nearly always thinks justly.
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
We do not know what is really good or bad fortune.
No man has any natural authority over his fellow men.
What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?
A man's pleasures are in the happiness of a man's family.
The universe was born restless and has never since been still.
Conscience is the voice of the soul; the passions of the body.
The mind grows narrow in proportion as the soul grows corrupt.
Nature never deceives us; it is always we who deceive ourselves.
Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook, and a good digestion.
Liberty is obedience to the law which one has laid down for oneself.
The man who is slowest in promising is most likely to keep his word.
The thirst after happiness is never extinguished in the heart of man.
Fear and hope are the two great instruments for the governance of men.
Youth is the time to study wisdom; old age is the time to practice it.
Accent is the soul of language; it gives to it both feeling and truth.
Whoever blushes is already guilty; true innocence is ashamed of nothing.
Good laws lead to the making of better ones; bad ones bring about worse.
He who is slowest in making a promise is most faithful in its performance.
A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.
You forget that the fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to no one.
I have always said and felt that true enjoyment cannot be expressed in words.
The right of conquest has no foundation other than the right of the strongest.
He who is most slow in making a promise is the most faithful in performance of it.
A man who is most slow in making a promise is the most faithful in its performance.
Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have always to combat with ourselves.
Brains well prepared are the monuments where human knowledge is most surely engraved.
People who know little are usually great talkers, while people who know much say little.
Gratitude is indeed a duty which we are bound to pay, but which benefactors cannot exact.
It is not the criminal things which are hardest to confess, but the ridiculous and shameful.
Laws are always useful to those who have possessions, and harmful to those who have nothing.
Nothing is less in our power than the heart, and far from commanding we are forced to obey it.
That man is truly free who only wishes what he is able to accomplish and does what pleases him.
The happiest is he who suffers the least pain ; the most miserable, he who enjoys the least pleasure.
The happiest is one who suffers the least pain; the most miserable, one who enjoys the least pleasure.
I propose to show my fellow-mortals a man in all the integrity of nature; and this man shall be myself.
Everything is good as it leaves the hands of the Author of things; everything degenerates in the hands of man.
Money is the seed of money and the first guinea is sometimes more difficult to acquire than the second million.
Temperance and industry are man's true remedies; work sharpens his appetite and temperance teaches him to control it.
Conscience is the voice of the soul, as the passions are the voice of the body. No wonder they often contradict each other.
If there is anything to reform in public morals, one must begin with domestic morals, and they depend entirely on the fathers and mothers.
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.
The first man to fence in a piece of land, saying "This is mine," and who found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society.
Everything made by man may be destroyed by man; there are no ineffaceable characters except those engraved by nature; and nature makes neither kings nor rich men.
Perhaps adversity is a great teacher, but he charges a high price for his lessons, and often the profit we take from them is not worth the price they have cost us.
As soon as public service ceases to be the chief business of the citizens, and they would rather serve with their money than with their persons, the State is not far from its fall.
Men, be kind to your fellow-men; this is your first duty, kind to every age and station, kind to all that is not foreign to humanity. What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?
Astronomy was born of superstition; eloquence of ambition, hatred, falsehood, and flattery; geometry of avarice; physics of an idle curiosity; and even moral philosophy of human pride. Thus the arts and sciences owe their birth to our vices.
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet!
What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness.