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JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU
Swiss philosopher and writer
(1712 - 1778)
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If Socrates died like a sage, Jesus died like a God.
      - [Death : Death of Christ]

If the life and death of Socrates were those of a sage, the life and death of Jesus were those of a God.
      - [Christ]

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

In the North the first words are, Help me; in the South, Love me.
      - [Selfishness]

Infirmity and sickness may excite our pity; but desire and pleasure require the bloom and vigor of health.
      - [Health]

Interest is the spur of the people, but glory that of great souls.
      - [Interest]

It is believed that physiognomy is only a simple development of the features already marked out by nature. It is my opinion, however, that in addition to this development, the features come insensibly to be formed and assume their shape from the frequent and habitual expression of certain affections of the soul. These affections are marked on the countenance; nothing is more certain than this; and when they turn into habits, they must leave on it durable impressions.
      - [Physiognomy]

It is not our criminal actions that require courage to confess, but those which are ridiculous and foolish.
      - [Courage]

It is well known that a loose and easy dress contributes much to give to both sexes those fine proportions of body that are observable in the Grecian statues, and which serve as models to our present artists.
      - [Dress]

Many men, seemingly impelled by fortune, hasten forward to meet misfortune half way.
      - [Misfortune]

Men and nations can only be reformed in their youth; they become incorrigible as they grow old.
      - [Reformation]

Men speak from knowledge, women from imagination.
      - [Imagination]

Not all the subtilties of metaphysics can make me doubt a moment of the immortality of the soul, and of a beneficent Providence. I feel it, I believe it, I desire it, I hope it, and will defend it to my last breath.
      - [Soul]

Nothing is less in our power than the heart, and, far from commanding it, we are forced to obey it.
      - [Heart]

One loses all the time which he can employ better.
      - [Industry]

One may live tranquilly in a dungeon; but does life consist in living quietly?
      - [Tranquility]

Our greatest misfortunes come to us from ourselves.
      - [Misfortune]

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
  [Fr., La patience est amere, mais son fruit est doux.]
      - [Patience]

Physical evils destroy themselves, or they destroy us.
      - [Evil]

Presence of mind, penetration, fine observation, are the sciences of women; ability to avail themselves of these is their talent.
      - [Opportunity]

Reason deceives us often; conscience never.
      - [Conscience]

Remorse sleeps in the atmosphere of prosperity.
      - [Remorse]

Sacrifice life to truth.
      - [Truth]

Self-love is an instrument useful but dangerous; it often wounds the hand which makes use of it, and seldom does good without doing harm.
      - [Self-love]

Taste is, so to speak, the microscope of judgment.
      - [Taste]


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