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Denis Diderot Quotes

(1713-1784), French Philosopher

I have often seen an actor laugh off the stage, but I don't remember ever having seen one weep.

Category: Acting And Actors

Distance is a great promoter of admiration!

Category: Admiration

The following general definition of an animal: a system of different organic molecules that have combined with one another, under the impulsion of a sensation similar to an obtuse and muffled sense of touch given to them by the creator of matter as a whole, until each one of them has found the most suitable position for its shape and comfort.

Category: Animals

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!

Category: Asceticism

The infant runs toward it with its eyes closed, the adult is stationary, the old man approaches it with his back turned.

Category: Death And Dying

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

Category: Desire

The arbitrary rule of a just and enlightened prince is always bad. His virtues are the most dangerous and the surest form of seduction: they lull a people imperceptibly into the habit of loving, respecting, and serving his successor, whoever that successor may be, no matter how wicked or stupid.

Category: Despotism

Every man has his dignity. I'm willing to forget mine, but at my own discretion and not when someone else tells me to.

Category: Dignity

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.

Category: Divorce

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

Category: Doctors

The most dangerous madmen are those created by religion, and people whose aim is to disrupt society always know how to make good use of them on occasion.

Category: Fanatics And Fanaticism

We swallow with one gulp the lie that flatters us, and drink drop by drop the truth which is bitter to us.

Category: Flattery

No man has received from nature the right to give orders to others. Freedom is a gift from heaven, and every individual of the same species has the right to enjoy it as soon as he is in enjoyment of his reason.

Category: Freedom

The world is the house of the strong. I shall not know until the end what I have lost or won in this place, in this vast gambling den where I have spent more than sixty years, dicebox in hand, shaking the dice.

Category: Gambling

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.

Category: Genius