Jean-Jacques Rousseau quote about waiting from Emile, or On Education - supreme joy is a hundredfold greater in anticipation than in possession; its savour is greater while we wait for it than when it is ours.
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supreme joy is a hundredfold greater in anticipation than in possession; its savour is greater while we wait for it than when it is ours.
 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile, or On Education (1762). copy citation

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Author Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Source Emile, or On Education
Topic waiting joy anticipation
Date 1762
Language English
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Note Translated by Barbara Foxley
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/5427/pg5427-images.html

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“Shall I disturb such pure enjoyment? The happiness he enjoys is my life's reward. What could I give that could outweigh what I should take away? Even if I set the crown to his happiness I should destroy its greatest charm. That supreme joy is a hundredfold greater in anticipation than in possession; its savour is greater while we wait for it than when it is ours. O worthy Emile! love and be loved! prolong your enjoyment before it is yours; rejoice in your love and in your innocence, find your paradise upon earth, while you await your heaven. I shall not cut short this happy period of life.” source
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