Monday, June 28, 2010

Meandering in thought . . .

Today is the birthday of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (June 28, 1712 – July 2, 1778), philosopher.

"Man is born free, and everywhere he is in shackles." - Jean Jacques Rousseau

"You are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody." - Jean Jacques Rousseau

"He who knows enough of things to value them at their true worth never says too much; for he can also judge of the attention bestowed on him and the interest aroused by what he says. People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little. It is plain that an ignorant person thinks everything he does know important, and he tells it to everybody. But a well-educated man is not so ready to display his learning; he would have too much to say, and he sees that there is much more to be said, so he holds his peace." - Jean Jacques Rousseau

"The one thing we do not know is the limit of the knowable. We prefer to trust to chance and to believe what is not true, rather than to own that not one of us can see what really is." - Jean Jacques Rousseau

"The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences." - Jean Jacques Rousseau

"The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless." - Jean Jacques Rousseau

"Those that are most slow in making a promise are the most faithful in the performance of it." - Jean Jacques Rousseau

"Nature never deceives us; it is always we who deceive ourselves." - Jean Jacques Rousseau

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