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Quotes and Images From The Confessions of J. J. Ro

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By Jean Jacques Rousseau

A feeling heart the foundation of all my misfortunes

A religion preached by such missionaries must lead to paradise!

A subject not even fit to make a priest of

A man, on being questioned, is immediately on his guard

Adopted the jargon of books, than the knowledge they contained

All animals are distrustful of man, and with reason

All your evils proceed from yourselves!

An author must be independent of success

Ardor for learning became so far a madness

Aversion to singularity

Avoid putting our interests in competition with our duty

Being beat like a slave, I judged I had a right to all vices


Catholic must content himself with the decisions of others

Caution is needless after the evil has happened

Cemented by reciprocal esteem

Considering this want of decency as an act of courage

Conversations were more serviceable than his prescriptions

Degree of sensuality had mingled with the smart and shame

Die without the aid of physicians

Difficult to think nobly when we think for a livelihood

Dine at the hour of supper; sup when I should have been asleep

Disgusted with the idle trifling of a convent

Dissembler, though, in fact, I was only courteous

Dying for love without an object

Endeavoring to hide my incapacity, I rarely fail to show it

Endeavoring to rise too high we are in danger of falling

Ever appearing to feel as little for others as herself

Finding in every disease symptoms similar to mine

First instance of violence and oppression is so deeply engraved

First time in my life, of saying, "I merit my own esteem"

Flattery, or rather condescension, is not always a vice

Force me to be happy in the manner they should point out

Foresight with me has always embittered enjoyment

Hastening on to death without having lived

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