Jean Jacques Rousseau Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old jean jacques rousseau quotes, jean jacques rousseau sayings, and jean jacques rousseau proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


He who is most slow in making a promise is the most faithful in performance of it.     

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Heroes are not known by the loftiness of their carriage; the greatest braggarts are generally the merest cowards.     

Jean Jacques Rousseau

Do not judge, and you will never be mistaken.     

Jean Jacques Rousseau

Liberty is like rich food and strong wine: the strong natures accustomed to them thrive and grow even stronger on them; but they deplete, inebriate and destroy the weak.     

Jean Jacques Rousseau

We are born, so to speak, twice over; born into existence, and born into life; born a human being, and born a man.     

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The happiest is the person who suffers the least pain; the most miserable who enjoys the least pleasure.     

Jean Jacques Rousseau

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?     

Jean Jacques Rousseau

Our greatest evils flow from ourselves.     

Jean Jacques Rousseau

The infant, on opening his eyes, ought to see his country, and to the hour of his death never lose sight of it.     

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know.     

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Days of absence, sad and dreary, Clothed in sorrow's dark array, – Days of absence, I am weary; She I love is far away.     

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

A feeble body weakens the mind.     

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

An intelligent being, is the active principle of all things. One must have renounced all common sense to doubt it, and it is a waste of time to try to prove such self evident truth.     

Jean Jacques Rousseau

We should not teach children the sciences; but give them a taste for them.     

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Cities are the abyss of the human species.     

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

There are times when I am so unlike myself that I might be taken for someone else of an entirely opposite character.     

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Whoever blushes is already guilty; true innocence is ashamed of nothing.     

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Although modesty is natural to man, it is not natural to children. Modesty only begins with the knowledge of evil.     

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

It is in man's heart that the life of nature's spectacle exists; to see it, one must feel it.     

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death.     

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Do not judge, and you will never be mistaken.     

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

We pity in others only the those evils which we ourselves have experienced.     

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Abstaining so as really to enjoy, is the epicurism, the very perfection, of reason.     

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Liberty is obedience to the law which one has laid down for oneself.     

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

No man has any natural authority over his fellow men.     

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Being wealthy isn't just a question of having lots of money. It's a question of what we want. Wealth isn't an absolute, it's relative to desire. Every time we seek something that we can't afford, we can be counted as poor, how much money we may actually have.     

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

A citizen should render to the state all the services he can as soon as the sovereign demands them.     

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

It is not possible for minds degraded by a host of trivial concerns to ever rise to anything great.     

Jean-Jacques Rousseau