Jean-Jacques Rousseau (28 June 1712 – 2 July 1778) was a Francophone Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer of the 18th century. His political philosophy influenced the Enlightenment in France and across Europe, as well as aspects of the French Revolution and the overall development of modern political and educational thought.
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Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect.
It is a mania shared by philosophers of all ages to deny what exists and to explain what does not exist.
The training of children is a profession where we must know how to waste time in order to save it.
I have resolved on an enterprise that has no precedent and will have no imitator. I want to set before my fellow human beings a man in every way true to nature, and that man will be myself.
We are born so to speak twice over, born into existence and born into life, born a human being and born a man.
I long remained a child and I am still one in many respects.
We pity in others only the those evils which we ourselves have experienced.
God made me and broke the mold.