Jean-Jacques Rousseau quote about ignorance from Emile, or On Education - People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
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People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile, or On Education (1762). copy citation

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

Meaning and analysis

Kwize Master This sentence concludes a paragraph devoted to explaining that educated people, knowing the value of things, do not waste their words and try to make them useful. Indeed, those who talk too much do so because their ignorance leads them to believe that others will find the things they say as important as they do. An ignorant person knows little, so it is normal to give them all a high value and to seek to share them. On the contrary, an educated man, knowing everything there is to say, will hesitate before talking about something.
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