That's a quote of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, which may reflect his penchant for a simplified golden age (e.g., he promulgated the notion of primitive idyllic savages, when in fact per anthropological research, the early humans were quite "savage."
J-J's early life was complex, confused, and complicated by "civilization;" his mother died before Jean-Jacques was 2 weeks old; his father fled, to avoid imprisonment, when J-J was 10; at 13 he was deemed unfit for any vocation save watch repair/making; at 16, he found himself locked out of the city by its closed-for-the-night gates, and decided to find a simpler, happier life. He worked at a series of jobs, most of which he disliked, including, at 33, as secretary to a diplomat; he encountered the deceptions of "civilized" life, and then married his young, motherly maid, who was faithful to him, attending his passing on, even though he assigned their children to a care center for abandoned children, even as Jean-Jacques Rousseau was abandoned. Losses replaced, patterns repeating, and a childlike belief in man's golden age innocence.
Thus, like Kierkegaard, Rousseau kept the one good focus or ideal as a way of holiness, and, like Dante, found civilization and its discontents to be a many-layered and not too splendid matrix of confusion.
In Minkowski-Einstein relativity theory, the only invariant frame of reference is that perspective which is 90 degrees perpendicular to the event; all others shift as relative frames. Rather than Rousseau's dour falsity, it may be more correct to note that there is a lie at every level, and distortion helps enslave mankind.
The Path of the Higher Self;
Light Is a Living Spirit.