Quotes by Jean Jacques Rousseau

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau (June 28, 1712 July 2, 1778) was a Franco-Swiss philosopher, writer, political theorist, and self-taught composer of The Age of Enlightenment. Rousseau's political ideas influenced the French Revolution, ... more

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

It is not the criminal things that are hardest to confess, but the ridiculous and the shameful.
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.
The training of children is a profession, where we must know how to waste time in order to save it
Childhood is the sleep of reason.
We are born, so to speak, twice over; born into existence, and born into life; born a human being, and born a man.
Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have always to combat with ourselves.
As long as there are rich people in the world, they will be desirous of distinguishing themselves from the poor.
It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living.
Cities are the abyss of the human species.
Yes, if the life and death of Socrates are those of a wise man, the life and death of Jesus are those of a god.