Facts about Denis Diderot

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Denis Diderot was a famous Editor from France, who lived between October 5, 1713 and July 31, 1784. He/she became 70 years old.

Zodiac etc.

He/she is born under the zodiac libra, who is known for Balance, Justice, Truth, Beauty, Perfection. Our collection contains 46 quotes who is written / told by Denis.

Related authors: Catherine II, Catherine the Great

Famous quotes by Denis Diderot (46)


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"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!"
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"There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it"
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"Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest"
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"If you want me to believe in God, you must make me touch him"
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"His hands would plait the priest's guts, if he had no rope, to strangle kings"
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"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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"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"
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"The infant runs toward it with its eyes closed, the adult is stationary, the old man approaches it with his back turned"
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"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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"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"
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"My ideas are my whores"
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"In order to shake a hypothesis, it is sometimes not necessary to do anything more than push it as far as it will go"
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"Good music is very close to primitive language"
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"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"
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"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"
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"There is no good father who would want to resemble our Heavenly Father"
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"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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"The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers"
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"It is not human nature we should accuse but the despicable conventions that pervert it"
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"Gratitude is a burden, and every burden is made to be shaken off"
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"Gaiety is a quality of ordinary men. Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine"
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"Evil always turns up in this world through some genius or other"
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"Although a man may wear fine clothing, if he lives peacefully; and is good, self-possessed, has faith and is pure; and if he does not hurt any living being, he is a holy man"
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"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"
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"No man has received from nature the right to command his fellow human beings"
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"It is said that desire is a product of the will, but the converse is in fact true: will is a product of desire"
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"The God of the Christians is a father who makes much of his apples, and very little of his children"
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"Pithy sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory"
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"Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things"
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"From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step"
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"Every man has his dignity. I'm willing to forget mine, but at my own discretion and not when someone else tells me to"
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"All abstract sciences are nothing but the study of relations between signs"
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"There is only one passion, the passion for happiness"
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"There is no kind of harassment that a man may not inflict on a woman with impunity in civilized societies"
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"Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it"
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"Justice is the first virtue of those who command, and stops the complaints of those who obey"
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"It is very important not to mistake hemlock for parsley, but to believe or not believe in God is not important at all"
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"You have to make it happen"
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"The best doctor is the one you run to and can't find"
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"Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophy"
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"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"
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"Only a very bad theologian would confuse the certainty that follows revelation with the truths that are revealed. They are entirely different things"
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"Morals are in all countries the result of legislation and government; they are not African or Asian or European: they are good or bad"
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"The pit of a theatre is the one place where the tears of virtuous and wicked men alike are mingled"
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"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"
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"Genius is present in every age, but the men carrying it within them remain benumbed unless extraordinary events occur to heat up and melt the mass so that it flows forth"


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