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Denis Diderot
October 5, 1713 - July 31, 1784
Nationality: French
Category: Editor

Bad company is as instructive as licentiousness. One makes up for the loss of one's innocence with the loss of one's prejudices.


The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers.


There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it.


The pit of a theatre is the one place where the tears of virtuous and wicked men alike are mingled.


The blood of Jesus Christ can cover a multitude of sins, it seems to me.


The general interest of the masses might take the place of the insight of genius if it were allowed freedom of action.


If you want me to believe in God, you must make me touch him.


We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.


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.


The decisions of law courts should never be printed: in the long run, they form a counter authority to the law.


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.


Gratitude is a burden, and every burden is made to be shaken off.


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.


It is said that desire is a product of the will, but the converse is in fact true: will is a product of desire.


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.


All abstract sciences are nothing but the study of relations between signs.


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.


The best doctor is the one you run to and can't find.


Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.


Justice is the first virtue of those who command, and stops the complaints of those who obey.


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