Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quotes
How shall we allow ourselves to be moved to pity if not by transporting us out of ourselves and identifying ourselves with the suffering animal.
Emile, Book IV
Men are by nature neither kings, nor grandees, nor courtiers, nor millionaires; all are born naked and poor; all are subject to the miseries of life, to chagrins, evils, needs, and sorrows of every sort; and, finally, all are condemned to death. This is what man truly is; this is that from which no mortal is exempt.
Emile, Book IV
All that we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man's estate, is the gift of education.
Every man has a right to risk his own life for the preservation of it.
Falsehood has an infinity of combinations, but truth has only one mode of being.
Government originated in the attempt to find a form of association that defends and protects the person and property of each with the common force of all.
However great a man's natural talent may be, the act of writing cannot be learned all at once.
It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living.
Most nations,as well as people are impossible only in their youth;they become incorrigible as they grow older
The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences
The training of children is a profession, where we must know how to waste time in order to save it.
The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.
Those that are most slow in making a promise are the most faithful in the performance of it.
To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know.
We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason.
We should not teach children the sciences; but give them a taste for them.