Liberty, Nature, and Reason: Jean-Jacques Rousseau born 1712 June 28th

Jean Rousseau cottage with dog visitors.

“The truth brings no man a fortune.”

“There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend.”

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

“To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties.”

“Laws are always useful to those who possess and vexatious to those who have nothing.”

“Man is born free, but is everywhere in chains.”

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

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?

I may be no better, but at least I am different.

Force does not constitute right… obedience is due only to legitimate powers.

Money is the seed of money, and the first guinea is sometimes more difficult to acquire than the second million.

Most nations, as well as people are impossible only in their youth; they become incorrigible as they grow older.

I long remained a child, and I am still one in many respects.

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

Reason deceives us; conscience, never.

Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves.

“Tranquility is found also in dungeons; but is that enough to make them desirable places to live in?”

. “There is no subjection so perfect as that which keeps the appearance of freedom.”

“Plants are shaped by cultivation and men by education.”

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

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

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

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