Quotes by Denis Diderot

Denis Diderot

Denis Diderot

French philosopher

Alive from: 1713-1784

Category: Philosophers

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    All abstract sciences are nothing but the study of relations between signs.
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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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    We swallow with one gulp the lie that flatters us, and drink drop by drop the truth which is bitter to us.
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    Distance is a great promoter of admiration!
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    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.
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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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    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.
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    Good music is very close to primitive language.
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    I have often seen an actor laugh off the stage, but I don't remember ever having seen one weep.
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    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.
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    It is said that desire is a product of the will, but the converse is in fact true: will is a product of desire.
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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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    Morals are in all countries the result of legislation and government; they are not African or Asian or European: they are good or bad.
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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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