Jean-Jacques Rousseau


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Jean-Jacques Rousseau (28 June 1712 – 2 July 1778) was a Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer of 18th-century Romanticism of French expression. His political philosophy influenced the French Revolution as well as the overall development of modern political, sociological and educational thought.

His novel Émile: or, On Education is a treatise on the education of the whole person for... more »

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  • ''I only see clearly what I remember.''
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), Swiss-born French philosopher, political theorist. Confessions, bk. 3 (part I, 1782, part II, 1789).
  • ''It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living.''
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), Swiss-born French philosopher, political theorist. Confessions, bk. 2, ch. 9 (written 1766-1770, publ. 1781-1788).
  • ''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.''
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), Swiss-born French philosopher, political theorist. Confessions, preamble (part I, 1782, part II, 1789).
  • ''I may be no better, but at least I am different.''
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), Swiss-born French philosopher, political theorist. Confessions, preamble (part I, 1782, part II, 1789).
  • ''I long remained a child, and I am still one in many respects.''
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), Swiss-born French philosopher, political theorist. Confessions, bk. 4 (part I, 1782, part II, 1789).
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