Jacques Rousseau

1712 - 1778

A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on happiness and heart

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

Jacques Rousseau (1712 - 1778)

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A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on commitment, injustice, and suffering

Rather suffer an injustice than commit one.

[Also quoted as  Yiddish proverb]

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A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on heart

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The mechanism she employs is much more powerful than ours, for all her levers move the human heart.

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A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on books, education, and existence

There exists one book, which, to my taste, furnishes the happiest treatise of natural education. What then is this marvelous book? Is it Aristotle? Is it Pliny, is it Buffon? No-it is Robinson Crusoe.

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A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on custom and opposites

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

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A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on death, fear, and lies

He who pretends to look upon death without fear, lies

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A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on force and obedience

Force does not constitute right...obedience is due only to legitimate powers.

Jacques Rousseau (1712 - 1778)

Source: The Social Contract, 1762

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A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on force and government

Government originated in the attempt to find a form of association that defends and protects the person and property of each with the common force of all.

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A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on good and love

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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.

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A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on imagination, limits, reality, and world

The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless

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