Jacques Rousseau

1712 - 1778

A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on efficiency, expectation, failure, faith, good, joy, justice, soul, success, talent, words, and work

Remember the parable of talents-the story of the three servants who had received talents, five, two and one respectively? When their master returned they all gave account of their stewardship. The first two had doubled their capital. Each of them said so in sixteen words and their work was pronounced, "Well done, good and faithful servant." The third servant had accomplished absolutely nothing but his report took forty-three words, three times as long as each of the other two reports. Don't be like servant number three. Make good! Don't explain your failure! Do the thing you are expected to do! Then you won't have to explain why you didn't, couldn't, wouldn't, or shouldn't. Efficiency! That is the soul-satisfying joy of making good. Doing your work just a little better than anyone else gives you the margin of success. Making good required no explanation. Failure required forty-three words.

Jacques Rousseau (1712 - 1778)

Source: See Matthew 25:14–30

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A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on bitterness and patience

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.

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A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on men, nations, and youth

Men and nations can only be reformed in their youth; they become incorrigible as they grow old.

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A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on contentment and happiness

Supreme happiness consists in self-content.

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A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on credulity, hatred, and love

Hatred, as well as love, renders its votaries credulous.

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A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on honesty

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An honest man nearly always thinks justly.

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A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on insults

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

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A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on feeling, language, soul, and truth

Accent is the soul of language; it gives to it both feeling and truth.

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A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on behavior, citizenship, civil rights, equality, judgment, justice, laws, liberty, men, politics, reason, and rules

It is to law alone that men owe justice and liberty. It is this salutary organ, of the will of all which establishes in civil rights the natural equality between men. It is this celestial voice which dictates to each citizen the precepts of public reason, and teaches him to act according to the rules of his own judgment and not to behave inconsistently with himself. It is with this voice alone that political leaders should speak when. they command.

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A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on liberty, losing, maxims, and people

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

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