Jean Jacques Rousseau

28 Jun 1712 // 2 Jul 1778
Philosopher / Writer


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You forget that the fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to no one
When something an affliction happens to you, you either let it defeat you, or you defeat it
We should not teach children the sciences; but give them a taste for them
Those that are most slow in making a promise are the most faithful in the performance of it
The first step towards vice is to shroud innocent actions in mystery, and whoever likes to conceal something sooner or later has reason to conceal it
The politic body, as well as the human body, begins to die as soon as it is born, and carries itself the causes of its destruction
Take the course opposite to custom and you will almost always do well
Take from the philosopher the pleasure of being heard and his desire for knowledge ceases
Reading, solitude, idleness, a soft and sedentary life, intercourse with women and young people, these are perilous paths for a young man, and these lead him constantly into danger
People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."