For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

Emile, or On Education

by Rousseau, Jean-Jacques (1979)

Key Passage

I will not stop to prove at length the value of manual labour and bodily exercise for strengthening the health and constitution; no one denies it. Nearly all the instances of long life are to be found among the men who have taken most exercise, who have endured fatigue and labour. Neither will I enter into details as to the care I shall take for this alone. It will be clear that it forms such an essential part of my practice that it is enough to get hold of the idea without further explanation. (p.55) (p.55)


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