Jean-Jacques Rousseau

(1712-1779 / Geneva)

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
  • ''The first man, who after enclosing a piece of ground, took it into his head to say, this is mine, and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society.''
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), Swiss-born French philosopher, political theorist. Discourse on the Origin and Foundation of Inequality among Mankind (Discours sur l'origine et les fondements de l'inégalité parmi les hommes), second part (1755).
  • ''There are two things to be considered with regard to any scheme. In the first place, "Is it good in itself?" In the second, "Can it be easily put into practise?"''
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), Swiss-born French philosopher, political theorist. Emile, preface (1762).
  • ''We are born, so to speak, twice over; born into existence, and born into life; born a human being, and born a man.''
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), Swiss-born-French philosopher, political theorist. Emile, bk. 4 (1762).
  • ''We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason. All that we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man's estate, is the gift of education.''
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), Swiss-born French philosopher, political theorist. Emile, bk. 1 (1762).
  • ''Although modesty is natural to man, it is not natural to children. Modesty only begins with the knowledge of evil.''
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), Swiss-born French philosopher, political theorist. Emile, bk. 4 (1762).

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