Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Philosopher and part of the Enlightenment movement!

By Jackson Hockenberry, the awesomest person ever.

Who was Jean-Jacques Rousseau?

Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born in Geneva, Switzerland on June 28, 1712. His mother died a few days after.

He died on July 2nd, 1778.

His home country was Switzerland, but later lived the rest of his life in France when he moved there when he was 16 years old.

His parents were Isaac Rousseau and Suzanne Bernard, but was raised by his uncle and aunt after his mother died after he was born, while his father ran away after committing a crime.

He was a philosopher and author in his adult life. He wrote about ideas of how government should be run, adventure novels, and even a book about himself.


Fun Fact #1: Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a musician and composer in 1742. He worked in Paris, France.

Quotes from Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?"

Meaning: Kindness is needed for wisdom, and wisdom can only increase with kindness.


"People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little."

Meaning: People who don't know much about something expand more on what they think rather than those who know.


"It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living."

Meaning: Thinking nobly and being noble is better than chasing your dreams.


"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?"

Meaning: A man chooses his path of his life.


"Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains."

Meaning: Men are born free, but are all stuck in some form.

Other Meaning: Men are supposed to be born free but are stuck within slavery.


Picture Quote Meaning: Freedom is fragile. Don't lose it or damage it.


Fun Fact #2: Jean-Jacques Rousseau's quotes are considered the most influential.

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What Has He Done for the Fathers of the U.S.A.?

Jean-Jacques published many books in his lifetime, such as The Social Contract and Confessions. In these books, he discussed his ideas about the Enlightenment, and ended up as being very influential. He brought the idea of social contracts to life, expanding on how it should work. He believed that social contracts must be in place when a country is in a state of nature, and believed that the only way for the people and the government to fully bond is using social contracts to solve problems. He also added the "4th Natural Right," which is the freedom of religion. His ideas ultimately lead our Founding Fathers to implement his ideas. The one that our Fathers believed was a necessity was the freedom of religion, since there was so much diversity in the newly formed United States of America. His life was rough compared to others who influenced the Constitution, but he got his ideas from his experiences as a boy. After all, his mother died 3 days after his birth, and his dad ran away from him at the age of 10. Without his ideas, we may not be able to discuss our religious believes, celebrate Christmas, and many other things. Unfortunately, he isn't incorporated as a large figure in the Enlightenment movement.


Fun Fact #3: Jean-Jacques is usually mistaken for creating the social contract. He only expanded on that idea, and he deserves to get more credit for it. Because I said so.

Jean Jacques Rousseau Biography

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