Good day boys and girls. We have another edition of Quote of the Day for you, and this time we bring you not one, but two (TWO!!) quotes from my boy Jean Jacques Rousseau's treatise on education titled Emile. For those who are unfamiliar, Emile is a book centered around the personal development of a young child. In the book, Rousseau explains to the reader how to effectively raise a baby to become to self-sufficient man and functioning member of society. With the proper education and rearing, Emile will grow into a man who is confident in himself and his abilities while understanding the way of the world. Through childhood Emile will only be raised by and through simple (while delicate and intricate) and natural means. Further details will be spared for now (give yourself a pat on the back if you haven't passed out), but hopefully these snippets of knowledge from the book will incite further interest.
*Best believe these won't be the last Quote of the Day taken from Emile or Rousseau.*
“Every feeling of hardship is inseparable from the desire to escape from it; every idea of pleasure from the desire to enjoy it. All desire implies a want, and all wants are painful; hence our wretchedness consists in the disproportion between our desires and our powers. A conscious being whose powers were equal to his desires would be perfectly happy.”
“Our Maker provides, not only for those needs he has created, but for those we create ourselves; and it is to keep the balance between our wants and our needs that he has caused our tastes to change and vary with our way of living. The further we are from a state of nature, the more we lose our natural tastes; or rather, habit becomes a second nature, and so completely replaces our real nature, that we have lost all knowledge of it.”
- Both quotes taken from Rousseau's Emile