Inspirational Jean Jacques Rousseau Quotes

Jean Jacques Rousseau (28 June 1712 – 2 July 1778) was a philosopher, writer, and composer of the 18th century. This post features some Inspirational Jean Jacques Rousseau Quotes.

His political philosophy influenced the Enlightenment in France and across Europe, as well as aspects of the French Revolution and the overall development of modern political and educational thought.

Rousseau’s novel Emile, or On Education is a treatise on the education of the whole person for citizenship. His sentimental novel Julie, or the New Heloise was of importance to the development of pre-romanticism and romanticism in fiction. Rousseau’s autobiographical writings—his Confessions, which initiated the modern autobiography, and his Reveries of a Solitary Walker—exemplified the late 18th-century movement known as the Age of Sensibility, and featured an increased focus on subjectivity and introspection that later characterized modern writing. His Discourse on Inequality and The Social Contract are cornerstones in modern political and social thought.

During the period of the French Revolution, Rousseau was the most popular of the philosophes among members of the Jacobin Club. Rousseau was interred as a national hero in the Panthéon in Paris, in 1794, 16 years after his death.

Jean Jacques Rousseau Quotes
Jean Jacques Rousseau Quotes

Jean Jacques Rousseau Quotes

“I prefer liberty with danger than peace with slavery.”
― Jean Jacques Rousseau

“All that time is lost which might be better employed.”
― Jean Jacques Rousseau

“Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.”
― Jean Jacques Rousseau

“I am not made like any of those I have seen. I venture to believe that I am not made like any of those who are in existence. If I am not better, at least I am different.”
― Jean Jacques Rousseau

“Accent is the soul of language; it gives to it both feeling and truth.”
― Jean Jacques Rousseau

“People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.”
Jean Jacques Rousseau quotes

“I would rather be a man of paradoxes than a man of prejudices.”
― Jean Jacques Rousseau

“An honest man nearly always thinks justly.”
― Jean Jacques Rousseau

“What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?”
― Jean Jacques Rousseau

“To write a good love letter, you ought to begin without knowing what you mean to say, and to finish without knowing what you have written.”
― Jean Jacques Rousseau

“The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.”
― Jean Jacques Rousseau

“Those that are most slow in making a promise are the most faithful in the performance of it.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“Free people, remember this maxim: we may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost.”
― Jean Jacques Rousseau

“Every man has a right to risk his own life for the preservation of it.”
― Jean Jacques Rousseau

“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”
― Jean Jacques Rousseau

“It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living.”
― Jean Jacques Rousseau

“Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves.”
Jean Jacques Rousseau quotes

“I perceive God everywhere in His works. I sense Him in me; I see Him all around me.”
― Jean Jacques Rousseau

“Every man having been born free and master of himself, no one else may under any pretext whatever subject him without his consent. To assert that the son of a slave is born a slave is to assert that he is not born a man.”
― Jean Jacques Rousseau

“Civilization is a hopeless race to discover remedies for the evils it produces.”
― Jean Jacques Rousseau

“All my misfortunes come of having thought too well of my fellows.”
― Jean Jacques Rousseau

“I have never thought, for my part, that man’s freedom consists in his being able to do whatever he wills, but that he should not, by any human power, be forced to do what is against his will.”
― Jean Jacques Rousseau

“The first person who, having enclosed a plot of land, took it into his head to say this is mine and found people simple enough to believe him was the true founder of civil society. What crimes, wars, murders, what miseries and horrors would the human race have been spared, had some one pulled up the stakes or filled in the ditch and cried out to his fellow men: “Do not listen to this imposter. You are lost if you forget that the fruits of the earth belong to all and the earth to no one!”
Jean Jacques Rousseau quotes

“In truth, laws are always useful to those with possessions and harmful to those who have nothing; from which it follows that the social state is advantageous to men only when all possess something and none has too much.”
― Jean Jacques Rousseau

“There are times when I am so unlike myself that I might be taken for someone else of an entirely opposite character.”
― Jean Jacques Rousseau

“Everything is good as it comes from the hands of the Maker of the world, but degenerates once it gets into the hands of man.”
― Jean Jacques Rousseau

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