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Reveries of the Solitary Walker, Rousseau

Reveries of the Solitary Walker, Rousseau

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short essay, jean jacques rousseau
short essay, jean jacques rousseau

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R V RI S
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REVERIES
OF
THE
SOLIT RY
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In
meditatinguponthedispositions
of
my
soulduring
 
thesituations
of
mylife Iamquitestruck
to
seesolittleproportionbetweenthedifferentphases
of
myfateandthehabitualfeelings
of
well-being
or
uneasinessbywhichtheyaffectedme.Myvarious briefintervals
of
prosperityhaveleftmealmost
no
pleasantmemory
of
theintimateandpermanentmannerinwhichtheyaffectedme.Conversely during
 
themiserablemoments
of
mylife Iconstantlyfeltmyselffilledwithtender touching delightfulsentimentswhich pouringasalutarybalmoverthewounds
of
mybrokenheart seemed
to
transformitssufferingintopleasure.Andseparatedfromthememory
of
theevilsIfeltatthesametime onlythegentlememory
of
thosesentimentscomesback
to
me.Itseems
to
methatIhavesavoredthesweetness
of
existencemore thatIhavereallylivedmore whenmysenti
ments drawn
backaroundmyheart so
to
speak bymy
fate were
not
beingwasted
on
 
theobjects
of
men sesteemwhichare
of
solittlemeritinthemselves
but
whicharethesoleconcern
of
thepeoplewebelieve
 
behappy.
 n
 
w s
inorderaroundme whenIwascontentwith
 
that
surroundedmeandwiththesphereinwhichIwas
to
live Ifilleditwith
my
affectionatefeelings.
My
expansivesoulextendeditself
to
otherobjectsand continuallydrawnoutsidemyselfbyathousanddifferentkinds
of
fancies bygentleattachmentswhichcontinuallybusiedmyheart Isomehowforgotevenmysel£
 
Iwasentirelydevoted
to
what
w s
alien
to
me;andinthecontinualagitation
of
myheart Iexperienced
 
thevicissitudes
of
humanthings.Thisstormylifeleftmeneitherpeacewithin
nor
restwithout.
 appy
inappearance Ihad
not
onesentimentwhichcouldwithstandthetest
of
reflectionandtrulypleaseme.Iwasneverperfectlysatisfiedwithothers
or
mysel£
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of
theworldmademyheadswim;solitudeboredme;Ineeded
to
movearoundconstantly;andIwascomfortablenowhere.Iwas however entertained welcomed wellreceived andtreatedwithaffectioneverywhere.Ihad
not
oneenemy
no
one
ill-disposedtowardme
no
oneenvious
of
me.Sincepeoplesoughtonly
to
do
mefavors 1oftenhadthepleasure
of
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well

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