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JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU
Swiss philosopher and writer
(1712 - 1778)
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Trust to me, judicious mother: do not make of your daughter an honest man, as if to give the lie to Nature; make her an honest woman, and be assured that she will be of more worth both to herself and to us.
      - [Daughters]

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

We do not know either unalloyed happiness or unmitigated misfortune. Everything in this world is a tangled yarn; we taste nothing in its purity; we do not remain two moments in the same state. Our affections as well as bodies, are in a perpetual flux.
      - [Change]

We do not know what is really good or bad fortune.
      - [Fortune]

We pity in others only those evils which we have ourselves experienced.
      - [Pity]

Whatever may be our natural talents, the art of writing is not acquired all at once.
      - [Writing]

When my reason is afloat, my faith cannot long remain in suspense, and I believe in God as firmly as in any other truth whatever; in short, a thousand motives draw me to the consolatory side, and add the weight of hope to the equilibrium of reason.
      - [Faith]

Women speak at an earlier age, more easily, and more agreeably than men; they are accused also of speaking more; this is as it should be, and I willingly change the reproach into a eulogy.
      - [Loquacity]

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

Everything is good as it leaves the hands of the author of things, degenerates in the hands of man.
      - Emile (bk. 1),
        (Foxley and Roosevelt translation)
        [Books (First Lines)]

Childhood is the sleep of reason.
  [Fr., L'enfance est le sommeil de la raison.]
      - Emile (bk. II) [Childhood]

A feeble body weakens the mind.
  [Fr., Un corps debile affoiblit l'ame.]
      - Emile (I) [Mind]

Accent is the soul of a language; it gives the feeling and truth to it.
  [Fr., L'accent est l'ame du discours, il lui donne le sentiment et la verite.]
      - Emile (I) [Language]

A blue-stocking is the scourge of her husband, children, friends, servants, and every one.
  [Fr., Une femme bel-esprit est le fleau de son mari, de ses enfants, de ses amis, de ses valets, et tout le monde.]
      - Emile (I, 5) [Women]

Every blue-stocking will remain a spinster as long as there are sensible men on the earth.
  [Fr., Toute fille lettree restera fille toute sa vie, quand il n'y aura que des hommes senses sur la terre.]
      - Emile (I, 5) [Women]

There is a period of life when we go back as we advance.
  [Fr., Il est un terme de la vie au-dela duquel en retrograde en avancant.]
      - Emile (II) [Progress]

I began this disorderly and almost endless collection of scattered thoughts and observations in order to gratify a good mother who knows how to think.
      - Emile (preface),
        (Foxley and Roosevelt translation)
        [Books (First Lines)]

I have begun on a work which is without precedent, whose accomplishment will have no imitator. I propose to set before my fellow-mortals a man in all the truth of nature; and this man shall be myself.
      - The Confessions of Jean Jacques Rousseau
         (bk. I),
        (W. Conyngham Mallory translation)
        [Books (First Lines)]

Remorse goes to sleep during a prosperous period and wakes up in adversity.
  [Fr., Le remords s'endort durant un destin prospere et s'aigrit dans l'adversite.]
      - The Confessions of Jean Jacques Rousseau
         (I, 11) [Remorse]

It is always a poor way of reading the hearts of others to try to conceal our own.
  [Fr., C'est toujours un mauvais moyen de lire dans le coeur des autres que d'affecter de cacher le sien.]
      - The Confessions of Jean Jacques Rousseau
         (II) [Heart]

Singing and dancing alone will not advance one in the world.
  [Fr., Qui bien chante et bien danse fait un metier qui peu avance.]
      - The Confessions of Jean Jacques Rousseau
         (V) [Success]

I have always said and felt that true enjoyment can not be described.
  [Fr., Je l'ai toujours dit et senti, la veritable jouissance ne se decrit point.]
      - The Confessions of Jean Jacques Rousseau
         (VIII) [Enjoyment]


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