The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.
Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains.
I have always said and felt that true enjoyment can not be described.
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.
Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook, and a good digestion.
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?
The English think they are free. They are free only during the election of members of parliament.
We do not know what is really good or bad fortune.
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau — quotes and aphorisms
Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death.
Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone.
You forget that the fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to no one.
Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves.