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Denis Diderot Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Aug 2020
Denis Diderot Topics
Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things.
Only a very bad theologian would confuse the certainty that follows revelation with the truths that are revealed. They are entirely different things.
One declaims endlessly against the passions; one imputes all of man's suffering to them. One forgets that they are also the source of all his pleasures.
No man has received from nature the right to command his fellow human beings.
My ideas are my whores.
Justice is the first virtue of those who command, and stops the complaints of those who obey.
It is said that desire is a product of the will, but the converse is in fact true: will is a product of desire. .
It is not human nature we should accuse but the despicable conventions that pervert it.
In order to shake a hypothesis, it is sometimes not necessary to do anything more than push it as far as it will go.
If you want me to believe in God, you must make me touch him.
If there is one realm in which it is essential to be sublime, it is in wickedness. You spit on a petty thief, but you can't deny a kind of respect for the great criminal.
His hands would plait the priest's guts, if he had no rope, to strangle kings.
Gratitude is a burden, and every burden is made to be shaken off.
Good music is very close to primitive language.
Gaiety is a quality of ordinary men. Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine.
From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step.
Evil always turns up in this world through some genius or other.
Every man has his dignity. I'm willing to forget mine, but at my own discretion and not when someone else tells me to.
Disturbances in society are never more fearful than when those who are stirring up the trouble can use the pretext of religion to mask their true designs
Bad company is as instructive as licentiousness. One makes up for the loss of one's innocence with the loss of one's prejudices.
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