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Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated May 2020
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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. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
War then, is a relation - not between man and man: but between state and state; and individuals are enemies only accidentally: not as men, nor even as citizens: but as soldiers; not as members of their country, but as its defenders
Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have always to combat with ourselves.
At sixteen, the adolescent knows about suffering because he himself has suffered, but he barely knows that other beings also suffer.
The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
"Let us unite them together in one supreme power which shall govern us all according to wise laws, protect us and defend all members of the association, repulse common enemies, and maintain us in everlasting concord... All ran towards their chains believing that they were securing their liberty, for although they had reason enough to discern the advantages of a civil order, they did not have the experience enough to foresee the dangers."
Free people, remember this maxim: We may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost.
A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.
Liberty is obedience to the law which one has laid down for oneself
To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties
I prefer liberty with danger than peace with slavery
Temperance and labor are the two best physicians of man; labor sharpens the appetite, and temperance prevents from indulging to excess
How many famous and high-spirited heroes have lived a day too long?
Little privations are easily endured when the heart is better treated than the body
Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect
You forget that the fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to no one.
Every state funeral that shines is on its decline
He who is most slow in making a promise is the most faithful in performance of it.
Cities are the abyss of the human species
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