Jean Rousseau

1712 ~ 1778

As a Child

Jean Rousseau was born in Calvinist city-state of Geneva in 1712, he is the son if Isaac Rousseau and Suzanne Bernard. Jean's mother died nine days after his birth, so he was raised and educated by his father until the age of ten. The haphazard education from his dad included both inculcation of republican patriotism and the reading of classical authors such as Plutarch who dealt with the Roman republic. Mr. Rousseau was exiled from the town to avoid arrest. He was taken to a care center and at the age of 16 he left the city, he switched to Roman Catholicism after becoming under the influence of a Roman Catholicism convert noblewoman in April 1728.

Some Quotes

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?


Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.


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


Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.


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

What he is famous for?