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Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Aug 2021
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Topics
Childhood is the sleep of reason.C
Watch a cat when it enters a room for the first time. It searches and smells about, it is not quiet for a moment, it trusts nothing until it has examined and made acquaintance with everything.
Whoever blushes is already guilty; true innocence is ashamed of nothing.
Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have always to combat with ourselves.
Religious persecutors are not believers, they are rascals.
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.
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.
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.
No man has any natural authority over his fellow men.
Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains.
Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.
It is a mania shared by philosophers of all ages to deny what exists and to explain what does not exist.
Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.
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.
I only see clearly what I remember.
I may not be better than other people, but at least I'm different.
I may be no better, but at least I am different.
I long remained a child, and I am still one in many respects.
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.
I hate books; they only teach us to talk about what we don't know.
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