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Who can remember this Rousseau quote?

Asked by finkelitis (1907points) March 26th, 2010

If I could paraphrase it, it goes something like “each lesson introduced too early plant a seed of hatred towards the object of the lesson.” But it’s much, much more poetic than that. Anyone remember it?

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Darwin's avatar

Sounds like things said many times in Emile: Or, On Education (1762) but I can’t find it specifically.

Some other quotes around and about the subject:

“I hate books; they only teach us to talk about things we know nothing about.”

“We should not teach children the sciences; but give them a taste for them.”

“The training of children is a profession, where we must know how to waste time in order to save it.”

higherground's avatar

French : Tout est bien sortant des mains de l’Auteur des choses , tout dégénère entre les mains de l’homme .

English : Everything is good as it leaves the hands of the author of things , everything degenerates in the hands of man .

anartist's avatar

@higherground is that Auteur with a big ‘A’ as in God?

higherground's avatar

@anartist The ‘Author’ , which means the ‘Creator’, which means ‘God’ .

But it is opened for any interpretations I guess (=

lifeflame's avatar

I’m guessing it comes from Emilie, but I haven’t been able to pin it down.
However, it’s on google books with a search function so if you have the right keywords you might locate it.

Emile – google books (search function on the left)

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