21 August 2014

Lunch with Jean-Jacques Rousseau

I had lunch with Jean-Jacques Rousseau yesterday. We were on the tiny Îsle Rousseau right where Lac Léman pours into the Rhone. He and I had a pretty one-sided conversation, partly because he was writing, and partly because he's made out of bronze. 

Geneva claims Jean-Jacques as a native son with good reason since he was not only born here, but he also drowned one of his fictional heroines in the lake.

I begged him for just one quick quote, and finally he relented, even translating it into English: 
"I may be no better, but at least I am different."

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