Jean Jacques Rousseau Quotes

If we had the offer of immortality here below, who would accept this sorrowful gift?

If there were a people consisting of gods, they would be governed democratically. So perfect a government is not suitable to men.

As soon as any man says of the affairs of the State ‘What does it matter to me?’ the State may be given up for lost.

The rich comfort themselves by saying the poor are too stupid to feel the bad conditions of their lives. But no one ever gets used to hunger, or thirst, or overwork.

Cities are the abyss of the human species.

One half of the children born die before their eighth year. This is nature’s law; why try to contradict it?

The training of children is a profession, where we must know how to waste time in order to save it.

Everything is good when it leaves the hands of the Creator; everything degenerates in the hands of man.

Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains. One thinks himself the master of others, and still remains a greater slave than they. How did this change come about? I do not know. What can make it legitimate? That question I think I can answer. If I took into account only force, and […]

I have always believed that good is only beauty put into practice.