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

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The most terrific Jean-Jacques Rousseau quotes that will transform you to a better person

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


Plants are shaped by cultivation and men by education.

.. We are born weak, we need strength; we are born totally unprovided, we need aid; we are born stupid, we need judgment. Everything we do not have at our birth and which we need when we are grown is given us by education.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau quote Patience is bitter, but its fruit is swe

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.


I am not made like any of those I have seen.

I venture to believe that I am not made like any of those who are in existence. If I am not better, at least I am different.


The person who is slowest in making a promise is most faithful in its performance.


The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences.


What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?


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


Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.


So great is human weakness, that we must reckon amongst virtuous actions abstention from the evils which we are tempted to commit.


The social pact, far from destroying natural equality, substitutes, on the contrary, a moral and lawful equality for whatever physical inequality that nature may have imposed on mankind; so that however unequal in strength and intelligence, men become equal by covenant and by right.


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


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


About Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Quotes 381 sayings
Nationality Swiss
Profession Philosopher
Birthday June 28, 1712

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


Every man has a right to risk his own life for the preservation of it.


It is unnatural for a majority to rule, for a majority can seldom be organized and united for specific action, and a minority can.


Do not judge, and you will never be mistaken.


Do not base your life on the judgments of others;

first, because they are as likely to be mistaken as you are, and further, because you cannot know that they are telling you their true thoughts.


To write a good love letter, you ought to begin without knowing what you mean to say, and to finish without knowing what you have written.


To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties. For he who renounces everything no indemnity is possible. Such a renunciation is incompatible with man's nature; to remove all liberty from his will is to remove all morality from his acts.


The world is the book of women. Whatever knowledge they may possess is more commonly acquired by observation than by reading.


The greatest braggarts are usually the biggest cowards.


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


The animals you eat are not those who devour others;

you do not eat the carnivorous beasts, you take them as your pattern. You only hunger for the sweet and gentle creatures which harm no one, which follow you, serve you, and are devoured by you as the reward of their service.


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


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


Religious persecutors are not believers, they are rascals.


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


Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook, and a good digestion.


Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.

29 respect of riches, no citizen shall ever be wealthy enough to buy another, and none poor enough to be forced to sell himself.


Trust your heart rather than your head.


In a well governed state, there are few punishments, not because there are many pardons, but because criminals are rare; it is when a state is in decay that the multitude of crimes is a gaurantee of impunity.


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


Heroes are not known by the loftiness of their carriage;

the greatest braggarts are generally the merest cowards.


It is manifestly contrary to the law of nature, however defined, that a handful of people should gorge themselves with superfluities while the hungry majority goes in need of necessities.


Love childhood, indulge its sports, its pleasures, its delightful instincts.

Who has not sometimes regretted that age when laughter was ever on the lips, and when the heart was ever at peace?


Our affections as well as our bodies are in perpetual flux.


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


A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.


Watch a cat when it enters a room for the first time.

It searches and smells about, it is not quiet for a moment, it trusts nothing until it has examined and made acquaintance with everything.


Slaves lose everything in their chains, even the desire of escaping from them.


From the first moment of life, men ought to begin learning to deserve to live;

and, as at the instant of birth we partake of the rights of citizenship, that instant ought to be the beginning of the exercise of our duty.


The only moral lesson which is suited for a child--the most important lesson for every time of life--is this: 'Never hurt anybody.


We have to have powder for our wigs; that is why so many poor people have no bread.


Adversity is a great teacher, but this teacher makes us pay dearly for its instruction; and often the profit we derive, is not worth the price we paid.


I may not be better than other people, but at least I'm different.


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


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


You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing.

What! Is it nothing to be happy? Nothing to skip, play and run around all day long? Never in his life will he be so busy again.