Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

Jean Jacques Rousseau

Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Swiss

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O love, if I regret the age when one savors you, it is not for the hour of pleasure, but for the one that follows it.

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

The first step towards vice is to shroud innocent actions in mystery, and whoever likes to conceal something sooner or later has reason to conceal it.

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

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

I have always said and felt that true enjoyment can not be described.

Nature does not deceive us; it is we who deceive ourselves.

Every man has the right to risk his own life in order to preserve it. Has it ever been said that a man who throws himself out the window to escape from a fire is guilty of suicide?

Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect.

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?

It is a mania shared by philosophers of all ages to deny what exists and to explain what does not exist.

We do not know what is really good or bad fortune.

The training of children is a profession, where we must know how to waste time in order to save it.

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.