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Denis Diderot Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Sep 2023
Denis Diderot Topics
There are things I can't force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint.
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We are far more liable to catch the vices than the virtues of our associates
Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophy
Descartes said: "I think, therefore I am." Helvetius wants to say: "I feel, therefore I want to feel pleasantly." I prefer Hobbes who claims that in order to draw a conclusion which takes us somewhere, we must say, "I feel, I think, I judge; therefore, a part of organized matter like me is capable of feeling, thinking, and judging."
Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it.
It is very important not to mistake hemlock for parsley, but to believe or not believe in God is not important at all
Justice is the first virtue of those who command, and stops the complaints of those who obey
Gratitude is a burden, and every burden is made to be shaken off
If you want me to believe in God, you must make me touch him.
You have to make it happen.
When science, art, literature, and philosophy are simply the manifestation of personality they are on a level where glorious and dazzling achievements are possible, which can make a man's name live for thousands of years.
We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.
We are far more liable to catch the vices than the virtues of our associates.
We are all instruments endowed with feeling and memory. Our senses are so many strings that are struck by surrounding objects and that also frequently strike themselves.
Watch out for the fellow who talks about putting things in order! Putting things in order always means getting other people under your control.
To attempt the destruction of our passions is the height of folly. What a noble aim is that of the zealot who tortures himself like a madman in order to desire nothing, love nothing, feel nothing, and who, if he succeeded, would end up a complete monster!
There is only one passion, the passion for happiness.
There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it.
There is no kind of harassment that a man may not inflict on a woman with impunity in civilized societies
There is no good father who would want to resemble our Heavenly Father.
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