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A list of the best Jean-Jacques Rousseau quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Jean-Jacques Rousseau quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Jean-Jacques Rousseau quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Jean-Jacques Rousseau should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Jean-Jacques Rousseau quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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    Man is born free, yet he is everywhere in chains. Freedom

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    Great men never make bad use of their superiority. They see it and feel it and are not less modest. The more they have, the more they know their own deficiencies. Greatness

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    The person who is slowest in making a promise is most faithful in its performance. Integrity

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    What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? Wisdom

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    Nothing is less in our power than the heart, and far from commanding we are forced to obey it. Heart

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    Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves. Truth

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    Money is the seed of money, and the first guinea is sometimes more difficult to acquire than the second million. Money

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    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. Adversity

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    People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little. Speakers and Speaking

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    Good laws lead to the making of better ones; bad ones bring about worse. Laughter

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    The first step towards vice is to shroud innocent actions in mystery, and whoever likes to conceal something sooner or later has reason to conceal it. Secrets

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    Heroes are not known by the loftiness of their carriage; the greatest braggarts are generally the merest cowards. Heroes and Heroism

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    It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living. Work

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    A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue. Freedom

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    Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect. Gratitude

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    Do not judge, and you will never be mistaken. Judgment and Judges

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    The thirst after happiness is never extinguished in the heart of man. Happiness

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    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. Endurance

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    Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong. Insults

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    Our affections as well as our bodies are in perpetual flux. Love

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    Those that are most slow in making a promise are the most faithful in the performance of it. Promise

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    All of my misfortunes come from having thought too well of my fellows. Misfortunes

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    Take from the philosopher the pleasure of being heard and his desire for knowledge ceases. Philosophers and Philosophy

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    A feeble body weakens the mind. Health

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    Slaves lose everything in their chains, even the desire of escaping from them. Slavery

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    Every man has the right to risk his own life in order to save it. Life and Living

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    Our greatest evils flow from ourselves. Evil

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

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

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

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

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

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    Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death. Silence

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

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    The greatest braggarts are usually the biggest cowards. Coward and Cowardice

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    Take the course opposite to custom and you will almost always do well. Risk

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    Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have always to combat with ourselves. Virtue

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    I have suffered too much in this world not to hope for another. Suffering

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    We pity in others only the those evils which we ourselves have experienced. Sympathy

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    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. Confession

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    Childhood is the sleep of reason. Children

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    I may not be better than other people, but at least I'm different. Uniqueness

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    Cities are the abyss of the human species. Uncategorised

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    As long as there are rich people in the world, they will be desirous of distinguishing themselves from the poor. Wealth

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    Falsehood has an infinity of combinations, but truth has only one mode of being. Truth

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    Remorse sleeps during prosperity but awakes bitter consciousness during adversity. Repentance

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    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 practice? Projects

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    Whoever blushes confesses guilt, true innocence never feels shame. Guilt

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    Temperance and labor are the two real physicians of man. Physician

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    Free people, remember this maxim: We may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost. Freedom

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