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Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quotes

People in their natural state are basically good. But this natural innocence, however, is corrupted by the evils of society.

 

There are always four sides to a story: your side, their side, the truth and what really happened.

 

I prefer liberty with danger than peace with slavery. 

 

Freedom is the power to choose our own chains

 

Those people who treat politics and morality separately will never understand either of them.

 

The freedom of Mankind does not lie in the fact that can do what we want, but that we do not have to do that which we do not want.

 

Why should we build our happiness on the opinions of others, when we can find it in our own hearts?

 

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

 

People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.

 

The falsification of history has done more to impede human development than any one thing known to mankind.

 

The money you have gives you freedom; the money you pursue enslaves you.

 

Reason deceives us; conscience, never.

 

One can buy anything with money except morality.

 

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? 

 

Once you teach people to say what they do not understand, it is easy enough to get them to say anything you like.

 

Civilization is a hopeless race to discover remedies for the evils it produces.

 

Girls must be thwarted early in life.

 

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

 

If I am part of a group of 100 people, do 99 people have the right to sentence me to death, just because they are majority? Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.

 

To be sane in a world of madman is in itself madness.

 

Do you not know…that a child badly taught is farther from being wise than one not taught at all?

 

I have never believed that man’s freedom consisted in doing what he wants, but rather in never doing what he does not want to do.

 

 

I would rather be a man of paradoxes than a man of prejudices.

 

The greatest braggarts are usually the biggest cowards.

 

You forget that the fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to no one.

 

Do not judge, and you will never be mistaken.

 

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

 

The bigger a state becomes the more liberty diminishes.

 

Those that are most slow in making a promise are the most faithful in the performance of it.

 

Social man lives constantly outside himself.

 

It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living. 

 

By doing good we become good.

 

All kinds of frankness and honesty are terrible crimes in the eyes of society.

 

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

 

Falsehood has an infinity of combinations, but truth has only one mode of being.

 

The mind grows narrow in proportion as the soul grows corrupt.

 

No one is happy unless he respects himself.

 

Trust your heart rather than your head.

 

All of my misfortunes come from having thought too well of my fellows.

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