& 'The Social Contract.
* Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves
* I prefer liberty with danger than peace with slavery
* Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains.
* The world of reality has its limits the world of imagination is boundless.
* If there were a nation of Gods, it would govern itself democratically. A government so perfect is not suited to men.
* What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?
* God made me and broke the mold.
* I long remained a child, and I am still one in many respects.
* 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.
* Remorse sleeps during prosperity but awakes bitter consciousness during adversity.
* I feel an indescribable ecstasy and delirium in melting, as it were, into the system of being, in identifying myself with the whole of nature..
* The English are predisposed to pride, the French to vanity.
* To renounce freedom is to renounce one's humanity, one's rights as a man and equally one's duties.
* To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties.
* The first man who, having enclosed a piece of ground, bethought himself of saying 'this is mine', and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society.
* I would rather be a man of paradoxes than a man of prejudices.
* No man has any natural authority over his fellow men.
* Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains. Those who think themselves the masters of others are indeed greater slaves than they.
P. s 'Freedom is the power to choose our own chains.'
Rousseau said that; 'Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains.' and he wrote also that 'Freedom is the power to choose our own chains.' So he is a man of paradoxes as he wished to be. :))
( BBC doc film - on Jean-Jacques Rousseau- The Romantics - Liberty)