Jacques Rousseau

1712 - 1778

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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A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on hope, suffering, and world

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

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A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on men, modesty, and superiority

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.

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A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on democracy and existence

In the strict sense of the term, a true democracy has never existed, and never will exist.

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A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on vanity

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Provided a man is not mad, he can be cured of every folly but vanity.

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A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on virtue and war

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

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A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on judgment

Taste is, so to speak, the microscope of the judgment.

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