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Jean Jacques Rousseau quotes (31)

Remember the parable of talentsthe story of the three servants who had received talents five two and one respectively? When their master returned they all gave account of their stewardship. The first two had doubled their capital. Each of them said so in sixteen words and their work was pronounced Well done good and faithful servant. The third servant had accomplished absolutely nothing but his report took forty-three words three times as long as each of the other two reports. Don't be like servant number three. Make good! Don't explain your failure! Do the thing you are expected to do! Then you won't have to explain why you didnt couldn't wouldn't or shouldn't. Efficiency! That is the soul-satisfying joy of making good. Doing your work just a little better than anyone else gives you the margin of success. Making good required no explanation. Failure required forty-three words.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Talent

The thirst after happiness is never extinguished in the heart of man
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Happiness

Take the course opposite to custom and you will almost always do well.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Ambition

Nature never deceives us; it is always we who deceive ourselves.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Self

To write a good love letter you ought to begin without knowing what you mean to say and to finish without knowing what you have written.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Love

Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Patience

Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Born

Free people remember this maxim: We may acquire liberty But it is never recovered if it is once lost.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Freedom

A country cannot subsist well without liberty nor liberty without virtue.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Liberty

Fame is but the breath of people And that often unwholesome.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: False

Everything is good when it leaves the hands of the Creator; everything degenerates in the hands of man.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Change

Provided a man is not mad he can be cured of every folly but vanity.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Vanity

We do not know what is really good or bad fortune.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Fortune

I have suffered too much in this world not to hope for another.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Suffer

Virtue is a state of war and to live in it we have always to combat with ourselves.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Virtue

Every man has a right to risk his own life for the preservation of it.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Risk

Temperance and labor are the two best physicians of man; labor sharpens the appetite and temperance prevents from indulging to excess.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Temperance

The training of children is a profession where we must know how to waste time in order to save it
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Children

Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid but which none have a right to expect.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Gratitude

Great men never make bad use of their superiority; they see it and feel it and are not less modest. The more they have the more they know their own deficiencies.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Gravity

He who is the most slow in making a promise is the most faithful in the performance of it.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Promise

The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Unsorted

To live is not merely to breathe: it is to act; it is to make use of our organs senses facultiesof all those parts of ourselves which give us the feeling of existence.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Action

An honest man nearly always thinks justly.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Justice

People who know little are usually great talkers while men who know much say little.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Know

Taste is so to speak the microscope of the judgment.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Taste

It is too difficult to think nobly when one only thinks to get a living.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Noble

Hatred as well as love renders its votaries credulous.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Credulity

Remorse sleeps during a prosperous period but wakes up in adversity.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Remember

The strongest is never strong enough to be always the master unless he transforms his strength into right and obedience into duty.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Right

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   Category: Experience