Jean Jacques Rousseau

Jean Jacques Rousseau - The curses of rogues are the just man's glory.

Philosophy - Famous Philosophers - Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)
Discussion of Quotes / Quotations from Rousseau's Confessions
and Emile (On Education)

The curses of rogues are the just man's glory. ...
Man is born free and ends up in chains.
(Jean Jacques Rousseau).


Introduction - Quotes Jean Jacques Rousseau / Emile, Confessions - Links Rousseau - Top of Page

Introduction
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Plants are shaped by cultivation and men by education. .. 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. ... This education comes from nature, from men or from things. The inner growth of our organs and faculties is the education of nature, the use we learn to make of our growth is the education of men, what we gain by our experience of our surroundings is the education of things. ... I will say little of the importance of a good education; nor will I stop to prove that the current one is bad. Countless others have done so before me, and I do not like to fill a book with things everybody knows. I will note that for the longest time there has been nothing but a cry against the established practice without anyone taking it upon himself to propose a better one. The literature and the learning of our age tend much more to destruction than to edification.
(Jean Jacques Rousseau, Emile)

Jean Jacques Rousseau - The curses of rogues are the just man's glory. Philosophy of Jean Jacques Rousseau

Jean Jacques Rousseau was a fine philosopher of the Romantic Movement who wrote beautifully and eloquently on his life, education, nature and society. I have very fond memories of Jean Jacques Rousseau's Confessions. It was my first book of philosophy and profoundly affected me and my life direction.
Rousseau is right to emphasis that understanding our connection to nature is central to a good education. We evolved from nature, we are a part of nature, only by understanding this can we truly understand ourselves. To understand nature and thus to be well educated and wise, we must understand reality as Plato writes;

When the mind's eye rests on objects illuminated by truth and reality, it understands and comprehends them, and functions intelligently; but when it turns to the twilight world of change and decay, it can only form opinions, its vision is confused and its beliefs shifting, and it seems to lack intelligence. ... And is there anything more closely connected with wisdom than truth? (Plato, 380 BC)

Below you will find some beautiful and very wise quotes from Jean Jacques Rousseau.
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Introduction - Quotes Jean Jacques Rousseau / Emile, Confessions - Links Rousseau - Top of Page

Jean Jacques Rousseau - The curses of rogues are the just man's glory. Quotes by Jean Jacques Rousseau
Emile (on Education), Confessions.

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. (Jean Jacques Rousseau, Emile)

This education comes from nature, from men or from things. The inner growth of our organs and faculties is the education of nature, the use we learn to make of our growth is the education of men, what we gain by our experience of our surroundings is the education of things. (Jean Jacques Rousseau, Emile)

We are each taught by three masters. If their teaching conflicts, the scholar is ill-educated and will never be at peace with himself; if their teaching agrees, he goes straight to his goal, he lives at peace with himself, he is well-educated. (Jean Jacques Rousseau, Emile)

Now each of these factors in education is wholly beyond our control, things are only partly in our power; the education of men is the only one controlled by us; and even here our power is largely illusory, for who can hope to direct every word and deed of all with whom the child has to do. (Jean Jacques Rousseau, Emile)

Viewed as an art, the success of education is almost impossible since the essential conditions of success are beyond our control. Our efforts may bring us within sight of the goal, but fortune must favour us if we are to reach it. (Jean Jacques Rousseau, Emile)

What is this goal? As we have just shown, it is the goal of nature. Since all three modes of education must work together, the two that we can control must follow the lead of that which is beyond our control. (Jean Jacques Rousseau, Emile, 1762)

We are born capable of sensation and from birth are affected in diverse ways by the objects around us. As soon as we become conscious of our sensations we are inclined to seek or to avoid the objects which produce them: at first, because they are agreeable or disagreeable to us, later because we discover that they suit or do not suit us, and ultimately because of the judgments we pass on them by reference to the idea of happiness of perfection we get from reason. These inclinations extend and strengthen with the growth of sensibility and intelligence, but under the pressure of habit they are changed to some extent with our opinions. The inclinations before this change are what I call our nature. In my view everything ought to be in conformity with these original inclinations. (Jean Jacques Rousseau, Émile, Book 1 - translation by Boyd 1956: 13; see also, 1911 edition p. 7).

From the first moment of life, men ought to begin learning to deserve to live; and, as at the instant of birth we partake of the rights of citizenship, that instant ought to be the beginning of the exercise of our duty. If there are laws for the age of maturity, there ought to be laws for infancy, teaching obedience to others: and as the reason of each man is not left to be the sole arbiter of his duties, government ought the less indiscriminately to abandon to the intelligence and prejudices of fathers the education of their children, as that education is of still greater importance to the State than to the fathers: for, according to the course of nature, the death of the father often deprives him of the final fruits of education; but his country sooner or later perceives its effects. Families dissolve but the State remains. (Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1755: 148-9)

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As soon as any man says of the affairs of the State "What does it matter to me?" the State may be given up for lost. (Jean Jacques Rousseau)

Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook and a good digestion. (Jean Jacques Rousseau)

To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties. For he who renounces everything no indemnity is possible. Such a renunciation is incompatible with man's nature; to remove all liberty from his will is to remove all morality from his acts. (Jean Jacques Rousseau)

Your first appearance, he said to me, is the gauge by which you will be measured; try to manage that you may go beyond yourself in after times, but beware of ever doing less. (Jean Jacques Rousseau)

The happiest is the person who suffers the least pain; the most miserable who enjoys the least pleasure. (Jean Jacques Rousseau, Emile, 1762)

The strongest is never strong enough to be always the master, unless he transforms strength into right, and obedience into duty.
(Jean Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract, 1762)

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Remorse sleeps during a prosperous period but wakes up in adversity. (Jean Jacques Rousseau)

People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little. (Jean Jacques Rousseau)

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him. (Jean Jacques Rousseau)

One can buy anything with money except morality. (Jean Jacques Rousseau)

Watch a cat when it enters a room for the first time. It searches and smells about, it is not quiet for a moment, it trusts nothing until it has examined and made acquaintance with everything. (Jean Jacques Rousseau)

I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery. (Jean Jacques Rousseau)

Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains. (Jean Jacques Rousseau)

There is no subjugation so perfect as that which keeps the appearance of freedom for in that way one captures volition itself. (Jean Jacques Rousseau)

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He is the father of the romantic movement, the initiator of systems of thought which infer non-human facts from human emotions, and the inventor of the political philosophy of pseudo-democratic dictatorships as opposed to traditional absolute monarchies. Ever since his time, those who considered themselves reformers have been divided into two groups, those who followed him and those who followed Locke.... At the present time [1945], Hitler is an outcome of Rousseau; Roosevelt and Churchill, of Locke. (Bertrand Russell, A History of Western Philosophy)

One feels like crawling on all fours after reading your work. (Voltaire in a letter to Jean Jacques Rousseau)

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Introduction - Quotes Jean Jacques Rousseau / Emile, Confessions - Links Rousseau - Top of Page

Jean Jacques Rousseau - The curses of rogues are the just man's glory. Links / Jean Jacques Rousseau / Philosophy

Philosophy: Education - Plato, Michel de Montaigne, Albert Einstein and Jean Jacques Rousseau on Philosophy of Education, both for the Individual and their Responsibility to Society. On True Knowledge of Reality as Necessary for Education of Critical Thinking.

Philosophy: Art / Truth - The Philosophy of Art and the Art of Philosophy. The greatest Art is founded on profound Truths. Art Pictures and Quotations from Botticelli, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian, Caravaggio, Reubens, Velazquez, Rembrandt, Goya, Renoir, Van Gogh, Mattise, Picasso, Warhol. On the rise and fall of great Art - On the new Metaphysical foundations of Art as representation of Absolute Truth.

Philosophy: Morality Ethics - The Fundamental Morality of World Religions 'Do Unto Others ...'is Logically True as the Other is Part of Self.

http://www.wabash.edu/rousseau/ - Jean Jacques Rousseau Association. Life, Works, Images, Biography.
http://www.lucidcafe.com/library/96jun/rousseau.html - Jean-Jacques Rousseau Philosopher. 1712 - 1778. Biography and some general philosophy links.
http://www.utm.edu/research/iep/r/rousseau.htm - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Jean Jacques Rousseau. French deistic philosopher and author. Brief overview of Rousseau's life and works.
http://www.infed.org/thinkers/et-rous.htm - Interesting essay on Jean Jacques Rousseau - Education.





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