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Denis Diderot quotes: If ever anybody dedicated his whole life to the "enthusiasm for truth and justice" using this phrase in the good sense it was Diderot. If ever anybody dedicated his whole life to the "enthusiasm for truth and justice" using this phrase in the good sense it was Diderot.
Denis Diderot quotes: 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. 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.
Denis Diderot quotes: What a fine comedy this world would be if one did not play a part in it. What a fine comedy this world would be if one did not play a part in it.
Denis Diderot quotes: There is less harm to be suffered in being mad among madmen than in being sane all by oneself. There is less harm to be suffered in being mad among madmen than in being sane all by oneself.
Denis Diderot quotes: The enjoyment of freedom which could be exercised without any motivation would be the real hallmark of a maniac. The enjoyment of freedom which could be exercised without any motivation would be the real hallmark of a maniac.
Denis Diderot quotes: Mind what you do; if you deceive me once I shall never believe you again. Mind what you do; if you deceive me once I shall never believe you again.
Denis Diderot quotes: There is no true sovereign except the nation; there can be no true legislator except the people. There is no true sovereign except the nation; there can be no true legislator except the people.
Denis Diderot quotes: The blood of Jesus Christ can cover a multitude of sins, it seems to me. The blood of Jesus Christ can cover a multitude of sins, it seems to me.
Denis Diderot quotes: What is a monster? A being whose survival is incompatible with the existing order. What is a monster? A being whose survival is incompatible with the existing order.
Denis Diderot quotes: The bad gives rise to the good, the good inspires the better, the better produces the excellent, the excellent is followed by the bizarre The bad gives rise to the good, the good inspires the better, the better produces the excellent, the excellent is followed by the bizarre
Denis Diderot quotes: Do you see this egg? With this you can topple every theological theory, every church or temple in the world. Do you see this egg? With this you can topple every theological theory, every church or temple in the world.
Denis Diderot quotes: Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it. Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it.
Denis Diderot quotes: Morals are in all countries the result of legislation and government; they are not African or Asian or European: they are good or bad. Morals are in all countries the result of legislation and government; they are not African or Asian or European: they are good or bad.
Denis Diderot quotes: Integrity is the evidence of all civil virtues. Integrity is the evidence of all civil virtues.
Denis Diderot quotes: There are cats and cats. There are cats and cats.
Denis Diderot quotes: Shakespeare's fault is not the greatest into which a poet may fall. It merely indicates a deficiency of taste. Shakespeare's fault is not the greatest into which a poet may fall. It merely indicates a deficiency of taste.
Denis Diderot quotes: The infant runs toward it with its eyes closed, the adult is stationary, the old man approaches it with his back turned. The infant runs toward it with its eyes closed, the adult is stationary, the old man approaches it with his back turned.
Denis Diderot quotes: There is only one duty; that is to be happy. There is only one duty; that is to be happy.
Denis Diderot quotes: What has not been examined impartially has not been well examined. Skepticism is therefore the first step towards truth. What has not been examined impartially has not been well examined. Skepticism is therefore the first step towards truth.
Denis Diderot quotes: For me, my thoughts are my prostitutes. For me, my thoughts are my prostitutes.
Denis Diderot quotes: Two qualities essential for the artist: moralityand perspective. Two qualities essential for the artist: moralityand perspective.
Denis Diderot quotes: Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
Denis Diderot quotes: Gaiety is a quality of ordinary men. Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine. Gaiety is a quality of ordinary men. Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine.
Denis Diderot quotes: Isn't it better to have men being ungrateful than to miss a chance to do good? Isn't it better to have men being ungrateful than to miss a chance to do good?
Denis Diderot quotes: I have not the hope of being immortal, because the desire of it has not given me that vanity. I have not the hope of being immortal, because the desire of it has not given me that vanity.
Denis Diderot quotes: It is very important not to mistake hemlock for parsley; but not at all so to believe or not in God. It is very important not to mistake hemlock for parsley; but not at all so to believe or not in God.
Denis Diderot quotes: Watch out for the fellow who talks about putting things in order! Putting things in order always means getting other people under your control. Watch out for the fellow who talks about putting things in order! Putting things in order always means getting other people under your control.
Denis Diderot quotes: You can be sure that a painter reveals himself in his work as much as and more than a writer does in his. You can be sure that a painter reveals himself in his work as much as and more than a writer does in his.
Denis Diderot quotes: The man who first pronounced the barbarous word God ought to have been immediately destroyed. The man who first pronounced the barbarous word God ought to have been immediately destroyed.
Denis Diderot quotes: If you want me to believe in God, you must make me touch him. If you want me to believe in God, you must make me touch him.
Denis Diderot quotes: Scepticism is the first step towards truth. Scepticism is the first step towards truth.
Denis Diderot quotes: There are things I can't force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint. There are things I can't force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint.
Denis Diderot quotes: Philosophy is as far separated from impiety as religion is from fanaticism. Philosophy is as far separated from impiety as religion is from fanaticism.
Denis Diderot quotes: Passions destroy more prejudices than philosophy does. Passions destroy more prejudices than philosophy does.
Denis Diderot quotes: From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step. From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step.
Denis Diderot quotes: There's a bit of testicle at the bottom of our most sublime feelings and our purest tenderness. There's a bit of testicle at the bottom of our most sublime feelings and our purest tenderness.
Denis Diderot quotes: Which is the greater merit, to enlighten the human race, which remains forever, or to save one's fatherland, which is perishable? Which is the greater merit, to enlighten the human race, which remains forever, or to save one's fatherland, which is perishable?
Denis Diderot quotes: Distance is a great promoter of admiration Distance is a great promoter of admiration
Denis Diderot quotes: 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 said that desire is a product of the will, but the converse is in fact true: will is a product of desire.
Denis Diderot quotes: The best mannered people make the most absurd lovers. The best mannered people make the most absurd lovers.
Denis Diderot quotes: No man has received from nature the right to command his fellow human beings. No man has received from nature the right to command his fellow human beings.
Denis Diderot quotes: Time, matter, space - all, it may be, are no more than a point. Time, matter, space - all, it may be, are no more than a point.
Denis Diderot quotes: All children are essentially criminal. All children are essentially criminal.
Denis Diderot quotes: Our truest opinions are not those we never change, but those to which we most often return. Our truest opinions are not those we never change, but those to which we most often return.
Denis Diderot quotes: Life is but a series of misunderstandings. Life is but a series of misunderstandings.
Denis Diderot quotes: If a misplaced admiration shows imbecility, an affected criticism shows vice of character. Expose thyself rather to appear a beast than false. If a misplaced admiration shows imbecility, an affected criticism shows vice of character. Expose thyself rather to appear a beast than false.
Denis Diderot quotes: There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it. There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it.
Denis Diderot quotes: Good music is very close to primitive language. Good music is very close to primitive language.
Denis Diderot quotes: A thing is not proved because no one has ever questioned it ... Skepticism is the first step toward truth. A thing is not proved because no one has ever questioned it ... Skepticism is the first step toward truth.
Denis Diderot quotes: It is not human nature we should accuse but the despicable conventions that pervert it. It is not human nature we should accuse but the despicable conventions that pervert it.
Denis Diderot quotes: To prove the Gospels by a miracle is to prove an absurdity by something contrary to nature. To prove the Gospels by a miracle is to prove an absurdity by something contrary to nature.
Denis Diderot quotes: Whether God exists or does not exist, He has come to rank among the most sublime and useless truths. Whether God exists or does not exist, He has come to rank among the most sublime and useless truths.
Denis Diderot quotes: The pit of a theatre is the one place where the tears of virtuous and wicked men alike are mingled. The pit of a theatre is the one place where the tears of virtuous and wicked men alike are mingled.
Denis Diderot quotes: At an early age I sucked up the milk of Homer, Virgil, Horace, Terence, Anacreon, Plato and Euripides, diluted with that of Moses and the prophets. At an early age I sucked up the milk of Homer, Virgil, Horace, Terence, Anacreon, Plato and Euripides, diluted with that of Moses and the prophets.
Denis Diderot quotes: Gratitude is a burden, and every burden is made to be shaken off. Gratitude is a burden, and every burden is made to be shaken off.
Denis Diderot quotes: The best doctor is the one you run to and can't find. The best doctor is the one you run to and can't find.
Denis Diderot quotes: The God of the Christians is a father who makes much of his apples, and very little of his children. The God of the Christians is a father who makes much of his apples, and very little of his children.