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Denis Diderot Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Aug 2020
Denis Diderot Topics
There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge... observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.
The possibility of divorce renders both marriage partners stricter in their observance of the duties they owe to each other. Divorces help to improve morals and to increase the population.
The pit of a theatre is the one place where the tears of virtuous and wicked men alike are mingled.
The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers.
The infant runs toward it with its eyes closed, the adult is stationary, the old man approaches it with his back turned.
The God of the Christians is a father who makes much of his apples, and very little of his children.
The general interest of the masses might take the place of the insight of genius if it were allowed freedom of action.
The first step towards philosophy is incredulity.
The decisions of law courts should never be printed: in the long run, they form a counter authority to the law.
The blood of Jesus Christ can cover a multitude of sins, it seems to me.
The best mannered people make the most absurd lovers.
The best doctor is the one you run to and can't find.
Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophy.
Sentences are like sharp nails, which force truth upon our memories.
Power acquired by violence is only a usurpation, and lasts only as long as the force of him who commands prevails over that of those who obey.
Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild.
Pithy sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory.
People praise virtue, but they hate it, they run away from it. It freezes you to death, and in this world you've got to keep your feet warm.
Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it.
Our observation of nature must be diligent, our reflection profound, and our experiments exact. We rarely see these three means combined; and for this reason, creative geniuses are not common.
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