The Trinitas ninth grade class, under the direction of Mr. Sean Johnson, recently read Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s The Social Contract.  This well-known work inspired political reform across France and Europe in general in the mid 17th century.  The students submitted their favorite quotes:

“Worthless trickthe social contracts may set up transitory bonds, but only wisdom makes lasting ones.”

“Nations, like men, are teachable only in their youth; with age they become incorrigible.  Once customs are established and prejudices rooted, reform is a dangerous and fruitless enterprise; a people cannot bear to see its evils touched, even if only to be eradicated; it is like a stupid, pusillanimous invalid who trembles at the sight of a physician.”