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Quotations From DENIS DIDEROT

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  • 21.
    How easy it is to tell tales!
    Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher, encyclopedist, dramatist, novelist, art critic. Narrator, in Jacques the Fatalist (Jacques le Fataliste) (1796), p. 27, Paris, Garnier Flammarion (1970). Picaresque novel.
  • 22.
    How did they meet? By chance, like everybody.... Where did they come from? From the nearest place. Where were they going? Do we know where we are going?
    Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher, encyclopedist, dramatist, novelist, art critic. Jacques the Fatalist (Jacques le Fataliste) (1796), prologue, Paris, Garnier Flammarion (1970).
  • 23.
    Jacques said that his master said that everything good or evil we encounter here below was written on high.
    Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher, encyclopedist, dramatist, novelist, art critic. Jacques the Fatalist (Jacques le Fataliste) (1796), introductory paragraph, Paris, Garnier Flammarion (1970). Picaresque novel; Jacques is ironically quoting his master in the preamble to the novel.

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  • 24.
    From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step.
    Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. in Complete Works, eds. J. Assézat and M. Tourneux (1875-1877). Essay on Merit and Virtue (1745). Diderot's essay is a translation of Shaftesbury's Essay on the Merit of Virtue (1699).
  • 25.
    The world is the house of the strong. I shall not know until the end what I have lost or won in this place, in this vast gambling den where I have spent more than sixty years, dicebox in hand, shaking the dice.
    Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). Elements of Physiology, "Conclusion," (written 1774-1780, publ. 1875).

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  • 26.
    Good music is very close to primitive language.
    Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). "Correspondence of Ideas with the Motion of Organs," Elements of Physiology (written 1774-1780, published 1875).

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  • 27.
    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 (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). Apology for the Abbé de Prades (1752).
  • 28.
    Do you see this egg? With this you can topple every theological theory, every church or temple in the world.
    Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). "Conversation Between d'Alembert and Diderot," D'Alembert's Dream (written 1769, published 1830).

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  • 29.
    If your little savage were left to himself and be allowed to retain all his ignorance, he would in time join the infant's reasoning to the grown man's passion, he would strangle his father and sleep with his mother.
    Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher, encyclopedist, dramatist, novelist, art critic. First published in French retranslation from Goethe's German translation (1821). Rameau's Nephew (Le Neveu de Rameau), p. 119, Paris, Garnier Flammarion (1983). Dialogue between Me (alias Diderot) and Him (nephew of composer). Me is making this statement.

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  • 30.
    We are all instruments endowed with feeling and memory. Our senses are so many strings that are struck by surrounding objects and that also frequently strike themselves.
    Denis Diderot (1713-84), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). "Conversation Between D'Alembert and Diderot," D'Alembert's Dream (written 1769, published 1830).

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