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Where did Rousseau say, "There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend"?

This is from a letter by Katharine Butler Hathaway: I thank you for your letter. It was generously written and beautiful, better than Thomas à Kempis because it is not too insistent upon things which ...
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Why is Rousseau saying that "[...] Russia was civilized too soon"?

The quote comes from chapter 8 in the second "book". The entire paragraph reads in French (emphasis added): Il est pour les Nations comme pour les hommes un tems de maturité qu’il faut attendre ...
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What is the meaning of a complex sentence from "The Hedgehog and the Fox"?

"The simple peasant" refers to the cultivators of the soil mentioned just before. Rousseau claimed that, before humanity was corrupted by civilization, people were noble savages with a lot of natural ...
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