Denis Diderot Quotes

23 Denis Diderot quotes:

"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."
"You have to make it happen."
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"Distance is a great promoter of admiration!"
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"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."
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"There is only one passion, the passion for happiness."
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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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"Evil always turns up in this world through some genius or other."
"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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"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."
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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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"Pithy sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory"
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"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."
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"The general interest of the masses might take the place of the insight of genius if it were allowed freedom of action."
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"The decisions of law courts should never be printed: in the long run, they form a counter authority to the law."
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"There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it."
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"Sentences are like sharp nails, which force truth upon our memories."
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"In any country where talent and virtue produce no advancement, money will be the national god. Its inhabitants will either have to possess money or make others believe that they do. Wealth will be the highest virtue, poverty the greatest vice. Those who have money will display it in every imaginable way. If their ostentation does not exceed their fortune, all will be well. But if their ostentation does exceed their fortune they will ruin themselves. In such a country, the greatest fortunes will vanish in the twinkling of an eye. Those who don't have money will ruin themselves with vain efforts to conceal their poverty. That is one kind of affluence: the outward sign of wealth for a small number, the mask of poverty for the majority, and a source of corruption for all."
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"To prove the Gospels by a miracle is to prove an absurdity by something contrary to nature"
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"Do you see this egg? With this you can topple every theological theory, every church or temple in the world."
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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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