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Jean Jacques Rousseau quote i was looking for
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rhudson    Posted 10-23-2002 at 14:04:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i asked our library guy (Mr. Sinclair,,, still better than any computer i've used for helping find information). He found the quote within 75 seconds.

"Where is the man who owes nothing to the land in which he lives? Whatever that land may be, he owes to it the most precious thing possessed by man, the morality of his actions and the love of virtue"

as for Jean Jacques Rousseau, all i can say is, with a name like that, he ain't from around here.

Thanks for all the help and comments, and i thought there would be none!


Kat in NJ    Posted 10-24-2002 at 06:44:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I love the comment about "morality of his actions." Rousseau never married the woman he lived with and, everytime she produced a child, he would wrap up the baby and drop it off at the local orphanage. Five times he dropped off a baby! Yet he wrote one of the most influential novels of the time, Emile, which dealt largely with child welfare and education.

My DH and I always use Rousseau as an example for our history students: You can't always judge someone's actions and someone's thoughts in the same light. Rousseau's writings, particularly the Social Contract, were among the basis for developing modern democratic theory.


WallSal55    Posted 10-24-2002 at 07:19:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Gee, I have a relative like that. Says one thing,
but his actions demonstrate the opposite.


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