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"The only dance masters I could have were Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Walt Whitman and Nietzsche." - Isadora Duncan

"Active people don't change the world profoundly; ideas do. Napoleon is less important in world history than Jean-Jacques Rousseau." - Michel Houellebecq

"To give a sex to mind was not very consistent with the principles of a man [Jean-Jacques Rousseau] who argued so warmly, and so well, for the immortality of the soul." - Mary Wollstonecraft

"The gospel according to Jean Jacques." - Thomas Carlyle

"A mattoid is a miscreant who seeks to elevate himself by destroying society. Examples include the Rothschilds, David Rockefeller, Franklin Roosevelt, Meyer Lansky, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Leo Tolstoy, Alexander Hamilton, and Josef Stalin. Often mattoids are of high intelligence, tainted geniuses, despite their flawed character and lack of any morality." - Oliver Cromwell

"The artist must be a philosopher. Socrates the skilled sculptor, Jean-Jacques [Rousseau] the good musician, and the immortal Poussin, tracing on the canvas the sublime lessons of philosophy, are so many proofs that an artistic genius should have no other guide except the torch of reason." - Jacques-Louis David

"However, it was the great 18th century social philosophers John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau who brought the concept of a social contract between citizens and governments sharply into political thinking, paving the way for popular democracy and constitutional republicanism." - Simon Mainwaring

"Rousseau defined civilizations as when people build fences." - Haruki Murakami

"Simply follow nature, Rousseau declares. Sade, laughing grimly, agrees." - Camille Paglia

"There's a sense in which Marx does contribute to the fund of human knowledge, and we can no more dismiss him than we can [George] Hegel or [Jean-Jacques] Rousseau or [Baruch] Spinoza or [Charles] Darwin; you don't have to be a Darwinian to appreciate Darwin's views, and I don't have to be a Marxist to appreciate what is valid in a number of [Karl] Marx's writings-and Marx would call that a form of simple commodity production rather than capitalism." - Murray Bookchin

"Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris." - Anonymous

"Drive him fast to his tomb. This, from Jacques." - Charles Dickens

"The jean! The jean is the destructor. It is a dictator! It is destroying creativity! The jean must be stopped!" - Pierre Cardin

"Rousseau was mad but influential; Hume was sane but had no followers." - David Hume

"There [Haiti] were also leaders like Jean-Jacques Dessalines, whose motto was, "Cut their heads off, burn their houses."" - Edwidge Danticat

"Here I go, deep type flow, Jacques Cousteau could never get this low." - Ol' Dirty Bastard

"Jacques Cousteau, the last man to see Jimmy Hoffa. Never got a dinner!" - Red Buttons

"When one emphasizes, as Jacques Derrida once remarked, one always overemphasizes." - Terry Eagleton

"You want something by Bach? Which one, Johann Sebastian or Jacques Offen?" - Victor Borge

"I can't summarize my favorite movie, Jacques Tati's 'Play Time.' You just have to see it." - Rick Perlstein

"You made your own jean shorts...with a butter knife?" - Richelle Mead

"My name's Jean Tannen, and I'm the ambush." - Scott Lynch

"Nothing is certain, ma petite, not even death." - Jean-Claude" - Laurell K Hamilton

"I learned how to dance every move of 'Billie Jean.'" - Rain

"I was much influenced by Jean-Paul Sartre." - Thom Gunn

"Kate Moss is the best thing since Jean Shrimpton, really." - David Bailey

"Someone like Billie Jean King is completely my idol." - Serena Williams

"[To Jean Harlow, who repeatedly mispronounced her first name:] No, no, Jean. The t is silent, as in Harlow." - Margot Asquith

"That wouldn't be a first, now would it?" "Jean." "Jean Grey is dead, Agent." "Yeah, that'll last." - Joss Whedon

"No 'Good evening, Jean-Claude, how are you doing?' Just down to business. How terribly rude,ma petite ." - Jean-Claude" - Laurell K Hamilton

"Joie est mon caractere, C'est la faute a Voltaire; Misere est mon trousseau C'est la faute a Rousseau. [Joy is my character, 'Tis the fault of Voltaire; Misery is my trousseau 'Tis the fault of Rousseau.] - Gavroche" - Victor Hugo

"There is a lot in Adam Smith that reflects the insights of Rousseau and anticipates those of Marx." - Allen W. Wood

"We remain in the Romantic cycle initiated by Rousseau: liberal idealism canceled by violence, barbarism, disillusionment and cynicism." - Camille Paglia

"Love is the same as being lost,' says Jacques to the dark. 'Except you don't care that you're lost." - Jedediah Berry

"Fortune does not change men, it unmasks them. -SUZANNE NECKER, WIFE OF JACQUES NECKER, MINISTER OF FINANCE" - Michelle Moran

"When I was six, all I dreamt about was becoming a diver on Jacques Cousteau's boat, the famous Calypso." - Enric Sala

"I do like musical films more than big Hollywood films, especially those by Jacques Demi and Vincent Minelli." - Park Chanwook

"Take a film of Jacques Tati like Mon Oncle which has something quite new - for me, unique - in it." - Norman Mclaren

"I do like musical films more than big Hollywood films, especially those by Jacques Demi and Vincent Minelli." - Park Chan-wook

"We're probably close to reaching 2,000 shows, which is more than Julia Child and Jacques Pepin together." - Emeril Lagasse

"It was Rousseau who was largely responsible for the problem by giving currency to the idea that freedom can exist without responsibility and discipline." - Colin Wilson

"Mock on, mock on, Voltaire, Rousseau. Mock on, mock on-'tis all in vain! You throw the sand against the wind, And the wind blows it back again." - William Blake

"Universality and rationality were the hallmarks of all these teachings. But very quickly culture-which was for Kant and, speaking anachronistically, for Rousseau, singular-became cultures." - Allan Bloom

"I became the stage for the great argument between Nietzsche and Rousseau. I was the extra ready to take on all the roles." - Jacques Derrida

"To mention only contemporaries, Delacroix, Corot, Millet, Rousseau, Courbet are masters. And finally [I like] all those [painters] who loved and had a strong feeling for nature." - Alfred Sisley

"Jean-Baptiste Mondino: "She's John Lennon and Yoko Ono at the same time"." - Madonna Ciccone

"I adore Jean-Louis Trintignant - even at 100 years old he's fabulous." - Manolo Blahnik

"Jean Tigana has spent the entire first half inside Liam Brady's shorts." - Jimmy Magee

"Jean Grey, the Phoenix ... she finds a way to reincarnate herself constantly, so one never knows." - Famke Janssen

"Jean Kirkpatrick [is] the chief sadist-in-residence of the Reagan Administration" - Jeane Kirkpatrick

"I always loved the style of Jean Seberg, Jane Birkin and Marilyn Monroe." - Helena Christensen

"The extremist, isolationist policies of Jean-Marie Le Pen have been rejected and crushed" - Romano Prodi

"Because I was a tennis player, Billie Jean King was a hero of mine." - Sally Ride

"Readiness for death is that of character, rather than of occupation. It is right living which prepares for safe or even joyous dying. - Jacques" - Jacques-Benigne Bossuet

"I have a thought for Nicolas Sarkozy, you know my loyalty on his account, but I profess it too for Jacques Chirac." - Jean-Francois Cope

"I stole a shirt off Jacques (Kallis) and a pullover off Harry (Paul Harris) that still had his hamburger stain on the front left side of it." - Graeme Smith

"I do love to sing Jacques Brel songs, intensely. I get terribly excited, just by reading a couple of lines in any one of his songs." - Nina Simone

"This assumes an upward revision of the European Budget, which is precisely what Jacques Chirac refuses to do. On the contrary, he has demanded a reduction." - Laurent Fabius

"People look up to Jacques Mesrine as if he were a Robin Hood, stealing from the rich, but he never gave anything back to anybody." - Vincent Cassel

"I hooked up with director Jacques Audiard for this film called 'Rust & Bone' with Marion Cotillard. I loved that experience so much I'm truly sad that it's over!" - Matthias Schoenaerts

"I hooked up with director Jacques Audiard for this film called 'Rust & Bone' with Marion Cotillard. I loved that experience so much I'm truly sad that it's over!" - Matthias Schoenaerts

"In spite of Jean-Jacques and his school, men are not everywhere born free, any more than they are everywhere in chains, unless these be of their own individual making." - Francis Marion Crawford

"It's time for a recovery and reassessment of North American thinkers. Marshall McLuhan, Leslie Fiedler and Norman O. Brown are the linked triad I would substitute for Jacques Lacan, Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault, whose work belongs to ravaged postwar Europe and whose ideas transfer poorly into the Anglo-American tradition." - Camille Paglia

"I was in 'Jacques Brel' Off-Broadway for many years, so I've always been a singing actress, but the songwriting was a complete surprise. I had never written a song in my life. We were on the road with 'Jacques Brel' doing the national tour, and I picked up a guitar one day and I wrote a song." - Amanda Mcbroom

"I'm as good as Jean-Claude Van Damme when it comes to martial arts. Sounding a little cocky aren't I" - Talisa Soto

"I liked actions movies. Jean-Claude Van Damme was a major influence on me at that point in my life." - Seth Rogen

"Someone like Jean-Luc Godard is for me intellectual counterfeit money when compared to a good kung fu film." - Werner Herzog

"You smell of other peoples blood, ma petite. It was no one you know. -Jean Claude and Anita" - Laurell K Hamilton

"If Quebeckers want Jean Charest, well, they can choose him. It's never a winning formula to divide Quebeckers." - Pauline Marois

"'Billie Jean' was a negative dance song, and that was one of the best dance songs ever." - Theophilus London

"Billie Jean was a negative dance song, and that was one of the best dance songs ever." - Theophilus London

"There's a jean for everyone. And I'm a fan of that. I love a jean, and I love all these spins on them. I love a printed Balmain jean, or a Givenchy, and I love the prints, I love that you can have so much fun with it all, you know, dressing up." - Liberty Ross

"I would like to be a great artist. I would quit pitching if I could paint like Monet or Rousseau. But I cant. What I can do is pitch, and I can do that very well." - Tom Seaver

"[Rousseau] has not had the precaution to throw any veil over his sentiments; and as he scorns to dissemble his contempt of established opinions, he could not wonder that all the zealots were in arms against him." - David Hume

"The French painter Rousseau was once asked why he put a naked woman on a red sofa in the middle of his jungle pictures. He answered, 'I needed a bit of red there.'" - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"Like Rousseau, whom he resembles even more than he resembles Voltaire, Shaw never gave a social form to his assertiveness, never desired to arrive and to assimilate himself, or wield authority as of right." - Jacques Barzun

"In order to know such an amorphous being as man, Rousseau himself and his particular history are, in his view, more important than is Socrates' quest for man in general or man in himself." - Allan Bloom

"[I]n the past two decades anthropologists have gathered data on life and death in pre-state societies rather than accepting the warm and fuzzy stereotypes. What did they find? In a nutshell: Hobbes was right, Rousseau was wrong." - Steven Pinker

"I would like to be a great artist. I would quit pitching if I could paint like Monet or Rousseau. But I can't. What I can do is pitch, and I can do that very well." - Tom Seaver

"Somebody," said Jacques, "your father or mine, should have told us that not many people have ever died of love. But multitudes have perished, and are perishing every hour - and in the oddest places! - for the lack of it." - James A Baldwin

"Lots of guys don't like Jacques Plante, but he has been good to me. He's always by himself, you know, and how can you hate a guy when you never see him?" - Bernie Parent

"We could get kinky and see how bats and rats make love, he suggested in a whisper, warm breath against her neck. You are a sick man, Jacques. Very, very sick." - Christine Feehan

"Think of brilliant trickster Vik Muniz as the offspring of Man Ray and Jacques Henri Lartigue, combining the former's relentless experimentation, the latter's effortless wit, and their mutual inventiveness in work that defies category." - Vince Aletti

"Oh, Jacques, we're used to each other, we're a pair of captive hawks caught in the same cage, and so we've grown used to each other. That's what passes for love at this dim, shadowy end of the Camino Real." - Tennessee Williams

"I would also point out that many governments that chose not to support this war - certainly, the French president, Jacques Chirac, as I recall in April of last year, referred to Iraq's possession of WMD." - David Kay

"When I was a kid, Jacques Cousteau was my hero and the person who inspired me to become an underwater explorer. I have many other people who inspired me after him, but he is still my all-time hero." - Enric Sala

"Successful technologies often begin as hobbies. Jacques Cousteau invented scuba diving because he enjoyed exploring caves. The Wright brothers invented flying as a relief from the monotony of their normal business of selling and repairing bicycles." - Freeman Dyson

"Jacques Derrida is a very important thinker and philosopher who has made serious contributions to both philosophy and literary criticism. Roland Barthes is the one I feel most affinity for, and Michel Foucault, well, his writing influenced my novel, 'Middlesex.'" - Jeffrey Eugenides

"When I was first introduced to the music of Jacques Brel, I was totally floored. I had never heard anything as intelligent or sexy or angry as his music." - Amanda Mcbroom

"As a woman, it seems you can't just be a comedian; you're always classed as something else, too, whether that's 'beautiful,' 'pint-sized,' 'larger-than-life' or in my case, 'Hattie Jacques-esque,' 'the giraffe,' 'big.'" - Miranda Hart

"It's funny, I started by making fake American movies, 'The Transporter' and stuff like that. I was shooting in France, but everything was in English. But then afterwards, I was looking at real French movies like the Jacques Audiard movies." - Louis Leterrier

"The star is the ultimate American verification of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Emile. His mere existence proves the perfectability of any man or woman. Oh wonderful pliability of human nature, in a society where anyone can become a celebrity! And where any celebrity . . . may become a star!" - Daniel J Boorstin

"One of the reasons I did 'Louie Bluie' and 'Crumb' with Criterion was because I like a lot of their older French films. That's the only reason. I watch these films by Jacques Becker and Jean-Pierre Melville. 'Touchez Pas Au Grisbi,' stuff like that. I'm always trying to turn people on to those films. For some reason, I find those very strong." - Terry Zwigoff

"How comes it that you curse, Frere Jean? It's only, said the monk, in order to embellish my language. They are the colors of Ciceronian rhetoric." - Francois Rabelais

"Goodbye Norma Jean From the young man in the 22nd row Who sees you as something more than sexual More than just our Marilyn Monroe" - Elton John

"Jean-Claude gave a low theatrical bow, never taking his eyes from her. "After you, my sweet. A lady should always walk before a gentleman, never behind." - Laurell K Hamilton

"I used to be an angry man myself. I'm a recovering assaholic so I could recognize that in Steve. (quoting Jean-Louis Gassee)" - Walter Isaacson

"Everything in life is arbitrary yet must be over-determined in literature. Jean McGarry knows how to tell a persuasive tale illuminating these truths." - Harold Bloom

"I called the great French violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and I said 'So, who's the new cat? Who's got the stuff? And he said Zach Brock." - Stanley Clarke

"I used to be an angry man myself. I'm a recovering assaholic so I could recognize that in Steve. (quoting Jean-Louis Gassee)" - Walter Isaacson

"It seems there's just no room left for elegance in this paper-plate, blue-jean world. And I, for one, think it's a shame." - Joan Fontaine

"The cinema is - in Jean Cocteau's famous words - 'a dream that can be dreamt by many people at the same time'." - John Wain

"Blue jean baby, LA lady, seamstress for the band. Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you'll marry a music man. Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand." - Elton John

"I was a big fan of Jean-Claude Van-Damme growing up, and I always wanted to be a martial artist 'cause of him." - Georges St-Pierre

"The cinema is - in Jean Cocteau's famous words - "a dream that can be dreamt by many people at the same time"." - John Wain

"Just a lot of those bands [like The Blue Jean Committee] started off in blues, and then they all transformed into other kinds." - Fred Armisen

"Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull and Jean Beliveau probably looked at us in the '80s and said, "These guys are soft. We used to take the train."" - Wayne Gretzky

"Just after the war, the liberation of 1945, [Albert] Camus was well known, well loved by [Jean-Paul ] Sartre and all the intellectuals of that generation." - Catherine Camus

"Jean Paul Sartre says in No Exit that hell is other people. Well, our task in life is to make it heaven. Or at least earth." - Alan Alda

"Oui , but if all the men in your life are happy, you are happier, and it makes my life easier." - Jean-Claude" - Laurell K Hamilton

"Men command fewer words than they have ideas to express, and language, as Jean Paul said, is a dictionary of faded metaphors." - Walter Lippmann

"Jean Prouvaire was timid only in repose. Once excited, he burst forth, a sort of mirth accentuated his enthusiasm, and he was at once both laughing and lyric." - Victor Hugo

"I can pretty much say that because of Bruce Lee and Jean-Claude Van Damme, that's why I do what I do today." - Scott Adkins

"Haiti is my country. The same way the Beatles are received in England - that's how Wyclef Jean is received in Haiti, do you know what I mean?" - Wyclef Jean

"Why is everything always my decision?" I asked. Because you will not tolerate anything else." Oh, I remembered now. "Great", I whispered. - Anita to Jean-Claude" - Laurell K Hamilton

"I came to Hollywood determined to follow in Jean Harlow's footsteps, but I was determined not to die young. My hope was to endure. And endure I have." - Mamie Van Doren

"I broke two knuckles in my right hand when I gave Jean-Claude Van Damme an attitude adjustment. I got nothing except a medical bill." - Chuck Zito

"Jean-Luc Godard said that cinema is the truth 24 frames a second. I think cinema is lies 24 frames a second." - Stanley Donen

"I promised myself: Before your 18th birthday, you're going to be at Jean Paul Gaultier. And it worked. I was hired." - Nicolas Ghesquiere

"My first job was for a blue jean company as a sitting model. I posed for 15 minutes and made $50. It was 1976." - Janice Dickinson

"I'm not into street clothes. Don't understand it. I don't understand those over-exaggerated jean sizes so they hang off your back... I just don't understand it." - Ozwald Boateng

"I was never really a character actor - I was a leading man who was always cast as a character. I wanted to be Jack Nicholson or Jean Gabin." - Robert Shaw

"Jean's whole job is to protect Victoria. Jean is a very practical, very orderly, very disciplined person; she is the personality called the gatekeeper." - Erika Slezak

"When you get a jean for a larger girl, you have to have them tailored for you. Tailoring is indeed everything." - Jill Scott

"I never enjoyed making videos, even though the 'Total Eclipse' video was nominated for a Grammy along with the song. We lost out to the 'Billie Jean' video." - Bonnie Tyler

"It is universally agreed that Jean Renoir was one of the greatest of all directors, and he was also one of the warmest and most entertaining." - Roger Ebert

"I did a rendition of 'Billie Jean' which is on my Soundcloud. I put it on Twitter, and it got about 3000 hits that day." - Idris Elba

"I was a big fan of Jean-Claude Van-Damme growing up, and I always wanted to be a martial artist 'cause of him." - Georges Stpierre

"If you look at my career, doing albums with Norah Jones, Justin Timberlake, Gucci Mane and Lil Wayne or KRS-One and Jean Grae, I can't be pigeonholed." - Talib Kweli

"I didnt start doing graffiti until two years after I got to New York. Jean Michel Basquiat was one of my main inspirations for doing graffiti. For a year I didnt know who Jean Michel was, but I knew his work." - Keith Haring

"It is not the same thing if I sign Jean-Paul Sartre or if I sign Jean-Paul Sartre, Nobel Prize winner. A writer must refuse to allow himself to be transformed into an institution, even if it takes place in the most honorable form." - Jean-Paul Sartre

"A lot of denim companies deal with what the shoes of the season are going to look like, and proportions to what people are wearing on top. If girls are wearing big sweatshirts they'll want a skinnier jean, and if they're wearing tight tops they'll want a wider jean. You have to play in the playground of what's happening culturally." - Sean Barron

"I didn't start doing graffiti until two years after I got to New York. Jean Michel Basquiat was one of my main inspirations for doing graffiti. For a year I didn't know who Jean Michel was, but I knew his work." - Keith Haring

"When I was younger, I loved Jean Shepherd. My father loved him, too. I remember one Sunday night, my father said, 'Let's go for a ride,' and I knew it was just to turn on Jean Shepherd and listen to him together." - Dan Lauria

"I've always thought - and I don't even know if I'd be right for the part - that Jean Seberg would make a great biopic. She was in Jean-Luc Godard's 'Breathless,' she played Joan of Arc. She had this eventful and traumatic adulthood, she thought the FBI was after her, and she became a darling of the French New Wave." - Gillian Jacobs

"I blame Rousseau, myself. "Man is born free", indeed. Man is not born free, he is born attached to his mother by a cord and is not capable of looking after himself for at least seven years (seventy in some cases)." - Katharine Whitehorn

"Rousseau and his disciples were resolved to force men to be free; in most of the world, they triumphed; men are set free from family, church, town, class, guild; yet they wear, instead, the chains of the state, and they expire of ennui or stifling lone lines." - Russell Kirk

"Hitler is an outcome of Rousseau." - Bertrand Russell

"The greatest horrors in the history of mankind are not due to the ambition of the Napoleons or the vengeance of the Agamemnons, but to the doctrinaire philosophers. The theories of the sentimentalist Rousseau inspired the integrity of the passionless Robespierre. The cold-blooded calculations of Karl Marx led to the judicial and business-like operations of the Cheka." - Aleister Crowley

"Qu'ils mangent de la brioche. Let them eat cake. On being told that her people had no bread. Attributed to Marie-Antoinette, but remark is much older. Rousseau refers in his Confessions, 1740, to a similar remark, as a well-known saying. Others attribute the remark to the wife of Louis XIV." - Marie Antoinette

"As Rousseau could not compose without his cat beside him, so I cannot play chess without my king's bishop. In its absense the game to me is lifeless and void. The vitalizing factor is missing, and I can devise no plan of attack." - Siegbert Tarrasch

"Many a person who could not comprehend Rousseau, and would be puzzled by Montesquieu, could understand Paine as an open book. He wrote with a clarity, a sharpness of outline and exactness of speech that even a schoolboy should be able to grasp." - Thomas A Edison

"The political terms 'will' and 'popular will' have a long track record in Western history going back to Rousseau. That record is profoundly anti-democratic, essentially inviting elites to interpret what the common people believe and want. In litigious modern America, that would be a judicial elite telling us how we meant to vote or should have voted." - John Leo

"The great philosophers of the past who wrote so beautifully - Rousseau, John Stuart Mill - had to write beautifully because they had to sell their work to journals. They had to sell books to the general public because they could not hold positions in universities. Mill was an atheist, and, therefore, could not hold a position in a university." - Martha C. Nussbaum

"Capitalism, gaudy and greedy, has been inherent in western aesthetics from ancient Egypt on. It is the mysticism and glamour of things, which take on a personality of their own. As an economic system, it is in the Darwinian line of Sade, not Rousseau." - Camille Paglia

"I blame Rousseau, myself. Man is born free, indeed. Man is not born free, he is born attached to his mother by a cord and is not capable of looking after himself for at least seven years (seventy in some cases)." - Katharine Whitehorn

"Capitalism, gaudy and greedy, has been inherent in western aesthetics from ancient Egypt on. It is the mysticism and glamour of things , which take on a personality of their own. As an economic system, it is in the Darwinian line of Sade, not Rousseau." - Camille Paglia

"The greatest artists, saints, philosophers, and, until quite recent times, scientists... have all assumed that the New Testament promise of eternal life is valid.... I'd rather be wrong with Dante and Shakespeare and Milton, with Augustine of Hippo and Francis of Assisi, with Dr. Johnson, Blake, and Dostoevsky than right with Voltaire, Rousseau, the Huxleys, Herbert Spencer, H. G. Wells, and Bernard Shaw." - Malcolm Muggeridge

"The biggest mischief in the past century has been perpetrated by Rousseau with his doctrine of the goodness of human nature. The mob and the intellectuals derived from it the vision of a Golden Age which would arrive without fail once the noble human race could act according to its whims." - Jacob Burckhardt

"One of the most beautiful passages of Rousseau is that in the sixth book of Confessions, where he describes the awakening in him of the literary sense. Of such wisdom, the poetic passion, the desire of beauty, the love of art for its own sake, has most." - Walter Pater



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