Denis Diderot Quotes On Company, Genius, Truth, Memory, Music

Denis Diderot Quotes On Company, Genius, Truth, Memory, Music

Denis Diderot

Denis Diderot Quotes:

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

Denis Diderot

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.

Denis Diderot

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

Denis Diderot

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.

Denis Diderot

Evil always turns up in this world through some genius or other.

Denis Diderot

From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step.

Denis Diderot

Gaiety is a quality of ordinary men. Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine.

Denis Diderot

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.

Denis Diderot

Good music is very close to primitive language.

Denis Diderot

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

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His hands would plait the priest’s guts, if he had no rope, to strangle kings.

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

Denis Diderot

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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It is not human nature we should accuse but the despicable conventions that pervert it.

Denis Diderot

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

Denis Diderot

Morals are in all countries the result of legislation and government; they are not African or Asian or European: they are good or bad.

Denis Diderot

No man has received from nature the right to command his fellow human beings.

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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.

Denis Diderot

Only a very bad theologian would confuse the certainty that follows revelation with the truths that are revealed. They are entirely different things.

Denis Diderot

Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things.

Denis Diderot

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.

Denis Diderot

Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it.

Denis Diderot

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.

Denis Diderot

Pithy sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory.

Denis Diderot

Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild.

Denis Diderot

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.

Denis Diderot

Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophy.

Denis Diderot

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

Denis Diderot

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

Denis Diderot

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

Denis Diderot

The first step towards philosophy is incredulity.

Denis Diderot
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