Jean-Jacques Rousseau

(1712-1779 / Geneva)

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quotes

  • ''Men, in general, are not this or that, they are what they are made to be.''
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), Swiss-born French philosopher, political theorist. The New Eloïse (La Nouvelle Héloïse), Rousseau's footnote to letter 11, part 6 (1761).
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  • ''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.''
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), Swiss-born French philosopher, political theorist. The New Eloïse (La Nouvelle Héloïse), Rousseau's footnote to letter 55, part 1 (1761).
  • ''Religious persecutors are not believers, they are rascals.''
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), Swiss-born French philosopher, political theorist. The New Eloïse (La Nouvelle Héloïse), Rousseau's footnote to letter 5, part 5 (1761).
  • ''It is a mania shared by philosophers of all ages to deny what exists and to explain what does not exist.''
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), Swiss-born French philosopher, political theorist. The New Eloïse (La Nouvelle Héloïse), Rousseau's footnote to letter 10, part 6 (1761).
  • ''Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains.''
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), French philosopher, social critic. The Social Contract, p. 49, trans. by Maurice Cranston, Pelican-Penguin, Baltimore (1968). Rousseau's picture of man's place in society.

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