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Found 71 quotes by Denis Diderot .
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"Good music is very close to primitive language." Denis Diderot

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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." Denis Diderot

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"Watch out for the fellow who talks about putting things in order! Putting things in order always means getting other people under your control." Denis Diderot

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"There are things I can't force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint." Denis Diderot

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"We are far more liable to catch the vices than the virtues of our associates." Denis Diderot

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"There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it." Denis Diderot

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"My ideas are my whores." Denis Diderot

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

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"There is only one passion, the passion for happiness." Denis Diderot

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

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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." Denis Diderot

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

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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." Denis Diderot

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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." Denis Diderot

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

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"You have to make it happen." Denis Diderot

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"The pit of a theatre is the one place where the tears of virtuous and wicked men alike are mingled." Denis Diderot

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"If there is one realm in which it is essential to be sublime, it is in wickedness. You spit on a petty thief, but you can't deny a kind of respect for the great criminal." Denis Diderot

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"The God of the Christians is a father who makes much of his apples, and very little of his children." Denis Diderot

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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." Denis Diderot

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



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