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Jean Jacques Rousseau's top quotes. 'It is unnatural for a majority to rule, for a majority can seldom be organized and united for specific action, and a minority can.'


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


Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves.


Free people, remember this maxim: we may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost.


Do I dare set forth here the most important, the most useful rule of all education? It is not to save time, but to squander it.


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


The English think they are free. They are free only during the election of members of parliament.


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


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


Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains.


I may be no better, but at least I am different.


Our greatest evils flow from ourselves.


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


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


We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason. All that we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man's estate, is the gift of education.


No true believer could be intolerant or a persecutor. If I were a magistrate and the law carried the death penalty against atheists, I would begin by sending to the stake whoever denounced another.


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


Ordinary readers, forgive my paradoxes: one must make them when one reflects; and whatever you may say, I prefer being a man with paradoxes than a man with prejudices.


A feeble body weakens the mind.


Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.


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



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