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Denis Diderot Quotes

Evil always turns up in this world through some genius or other.
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Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophy
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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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#Money

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

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.
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#People #Fanatics And Fanaticism

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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#Animals

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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#Quotes #Age And Aging

Do you see this egg? With this you can topple every theological theory, every church or temple in the world.
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#Science And Scientists

The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers.
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His hands would plait the priest's guts, if he had no rope, to strangle kings
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#Guts

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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#Quotes #Government

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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#Genius

The first step towards philosophy is incredulity
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#Incredulity

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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#Freedom

There are things I can't force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint.
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There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it.
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The blood of Jesus Christ can cover a multitude of sins, it seems to me.
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#Quotes #Blood

There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge. . . observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.
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#Facts

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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#Quotes #Dignity

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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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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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.
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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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#Quotes #Certainty