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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:213
AUTHOR:Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712–78)
QUOTATION:Cities are the abyss of the human species.
(Les villes sont le gouffre de l’espèce humaine.)
ATTRIBUTION:JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU, Émile, book 1, p. 59 (1979). Originally published in 1762. The word gouffre is sometimes translated as sink instead of abyss.
SUBJECTS:Cities
WORKS:Jean Jacques Rousseau Collection
 
 
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