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Jean Jacques Rousseau Quotes

(1712-1778), Swiss Political Philosopher, Educationist, Essayist

Adversity is a great teacher, but this teacher makes us pay dearly for its instruction; and often the profit we derive, is not worth the price we paid.

Category: Adversity

To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know.

Category: Adversity

The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences.

Category: Age And Aging

We are born, so to speak, twice over; born into existence, and born into life; born a human being, and born a man.

Category: Birth

Childhood is the sleep of reason.

Category: Children

The training of children is a profession, where we must know how to waste time in order to save it''

Category: Children

Let the trumpet of the day of judgment sound when it will, I shall appear with this book in my hand before the Sovereign Judge, and cry with a loud voice, This is my work, there were my thoughts, and thus was I. I have freely told both the good and the bad, have hid nothing wicked, added nothing good.

Category: Confession

It is not the criminal things that are hardest to confess, but the ridiculous and the shameful.

Category: Confession

Conscience is the voice of the soul; the passions of the body.

Category: Conscience

With children use force with men reason; such is the natural order of things. The wise man requires no law.

Category: Correction

The greatest braggarts are usually the biggest cowards.

Category: Coward And Cowardice

Temperance and labor are the two real physicians of man.

Category: Doctors

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.

Category: Education

The English people believes itself to be free; it is gravely mistaken; it is free only during election of members of parliament; as soon as the members are elected, the people is enslaved; it is nothing. In the brief moment of its freedom, the English people makes such a use of that freedom that it deserves to lose it.

Category: Elections

Endurance and to be able to endure is the first lesson a child should learn because it's the one they will most need to know.

Category: Endurance