Our passions are the principal instruments of our preservation. It is therefore, an enterprise as vain as it is ridiculous to want to destroy them. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Emile, or On Education Quotes)

Our passions are the principal instruments of our preservation. It is therefore, an enterprise as vain as it is ridiculous to want to destroy them.[Nos passions sont les principaux instruments de notre conservation : c’est donc une entreprise aussi vaine que ridicule de vouloir les détruire.]

Source:(Basic Books, ed. 1979), Book IV, 212
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