Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712 – 1778)

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote – “I have a body on which other bodies act…”

I have a body on which other bodies act, and which acts reciprocally upon them. This reciprocal action is certain; but my will is independent of my senses. I can either consent to, or resist their impressions. I am either vanquished or victor, and can perceive clearly within myself when I act according to my will, and when I submit […]

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote – “Let us not require the prize before…”

One would be apt to think, from the murmurs of impatient mortals, that God owed them a recompense before they had deserved it, and that He was obliged to reward their virtue beforehand. No, let us first be virtuous, and rest assured we shall sooner or later be happy. Let us not require the prize before we have won the […]

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote – “There exists no other evil…”

There exists no other evil in nature than what you either do or suffer, and you are equally the author of both… Particular evil exists only in the sentiment of the suffering being; and this sentiment is not given to man by nature, but is of his own acquisition… Take away our errors and our vices… take away, in short, […]

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote – “We inflict on ourselves a thousand real evils…”

It is the abuse of our faculties which make us wicked and miserable. Our cares, our anxieties, our griefs, are all owing to ourselves… If we could be contented with being what we are, we should have no inducement to lament our fate; but we inflict on ourselves a thousand real evils in seeking after an imaginary happiness. Jean-Jacques Rousseau […]

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quote – “A mere machine is evidently incapable of thinking…”

Most are, in effect, deaf to that internal voice which, nevertheless, calls to them so loud and emphatically. A mere machine is evidently incapable of thinking… whereas in man there exists something perpetually prone to expand, and to burst the chains by which it is confined. Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712 – 1778)

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