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Marquis de Sade
June 2, 1740 - December 2, 1814
Nationality: French
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: French Novelist

Are not laws dangerous which inhibit the passions? Compare the centuries of anarchy with those of the strongest legalism in any country you like and you will see that it is only when the laws are silent that the greatest actions appear.


Your body is the church where Nature asks to be reverenced.


'Til the infallibility of human judgements shall have been proved to me, I shall demand the abolition of the penalty of death.


Variety, multiplicity are the two most powerful vehicles of lust.


Lust's passion will be served; it demands, it militates, it tyrannizes.


The primary and most beautiful of Nature's qualities is motion, which agitates her at all times, but this motion is simply a perpetual consequence of crimes, she conserves it by means of crimes only.


To judge from the notions expounded by theologians, one must conclude that God created most men simply with a view to crowding hell.


It is always by way of pain one arrives at pleasure.


Lust is to the other passions what the nervous fluid is to life; it supports them all, lends strength to them all ambition, cruelty, avarice, revenge, are all founded on lust.


Nature has not got two voices, you know, one of them condemning all day what the other commands.


All universal moral principles are idle fancies.


So long as the laws remain such as they are today, employ some discretion: loud opinion forces us to do so; but in privacy and silence let us compensate ourselves for that cruel chastity we are obliged to display in public.


There is no more lively sensation than that of pain; its impressions are certain and dependable, they never deceive as may those of the pleasure women perpetually feign and almost never experience.


No lover, if he be of good faith, and sincere, will deny he would prefer to see his mistress dead than unfaithful.


Never lose sight of the fact that all human felicity lies in man's imagination, and that he cannot think to attain it unless he heeds all his caprices. The most fortunate of persons is he who has the most means to satisfy his vagaries.


Social order at the expense of liberty is hardly a bargain.


Woman's destiny is to be wanton, like the bitch, the she-wolf; she must belong to all who claim her.


Happiness is ideal, it is the work of the imagination.


They declaim against the passions without bothering to think that it is from their flame philosophy lights its torch.


Religions are the cradles of despotism.


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