Jean-Jacques Rousseau quote about happiness from Emile, or On Education - Every one desires happiness, but to secure it he must know what happiness is.
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Every one desires happiness, but to secure it he must know what happiness is.
 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile, or On Education (1762). copy citation

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Author Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Source Emile, or On Education
Topic happiness definition
Date 1762
Language English
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Note Translated by Barbara Foxley
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“The ever-recurring law of necessity soon teaches a man to do what he does not like, so as to avert evils which he would dislike still more. Such is the use of foresight, and this foresight, well or ill used, is the source of all the wisdom or the wretchedness of mankind.
Every one desires happiness, but to secure it he must know what happiness is. For the natural man happiness is as simple as his life; it consists in the absence of pain; health, freedom, the necessaries of life are its elements. The happiness of the moral man is another matter, but it does not concern us at present.” source
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