The Best 20 Rousseau Quotes

Jean Jacques Rousseau’s pedagogical ideas scandalized many contemporaries but revolutionized psychological and pedagogical thinking, in particular, the ones of Lev N. Tolstoy took who J.J Rousseau’s ideas as a role model for the creation of the Iasnaia Poliana School, Rabindranath Tagore who created the school of Santiniketan or the Italian doctor and teacher Maria Montessori. The ideas of this philosopher of the Enlightenment era have passed through the centuries and are still preserving their value.

“Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong”

“The man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains”

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

“Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.”

“Falsehood has an infinity of combination, but the truth has only one mode of being”

“People in their natural state are basically good. But this natural innocence, however, is corrupted by the evils of society.”

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

“I would rather be a man of paradoxes than a man of prejudices.”

“People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little”

“Freedom is the power to choose our own chains”

“The freedom of Mankind does not lie in the fact that can do what we want, but that we do not have to do that which we do not want.”

“Conscience is the voice of the soul, the passions are the voice of the body. Is it astonishing that often these two languages contradict each other, and then to which must we listen? Too often reason deceives us; we have only too much acquired the right of refusing to listen to it; but conscience never deceives us; it is the true guide of man; it is to man what instinct is to the body; which follows it, obeys nature, and never is afraid of going astray.”

“What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?”

“Do you not know…that a child badly taught is farther from being wise than one not taught at all?”

“Nature wants children to be children before men… Childhood has its own seeing, thinking and feeling.”

“It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living.”

“No man has any natural authority over his fellow men.”

“My liveliest delight was in having conquered myself.”

“By doing good we become good.”

“If I am part of a group of 100 people, do 99 people have the right to sentence me to death, just because they are a majority?”


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