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  • I discuss with myself questions of politics, love, taste, or philosophy. I let my mind rove wantonly, give it free rein to follow any idea, wise or mad that may present itself.... My ideas are my harlots.
    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), preamble. Dialogue between Me (alias Diderot) and Him (nephew of composer). Me is making this statement.

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  • There is only one passion, the passion for happiness.
    Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). Elements of Physiology, "Will, Freedom," (notes written 1774-1780, originally published 1875-1877).

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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 (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). On Dramatic Poetry (1758).
  • My ideas are my whores.
    Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). Rameau's Nephew (written 1762, published 1821). Admission by the interlocutor (Moi), to the amoral figure of Rameau's nephew (Lui).
  • 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 (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. 100, Paris, Garnier Flammarion (1983). Dialogue between Me (alias Diderot) and Him (nephew of composer). Him is making this statement.

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  • Man was born to live with his fellow human beings. Separate him, isolate him, his character will go bad, a thousand ridiculous affects will invade his heart, extravagant thoughts will germinate in his brain, like thorns in an uncultivated land.
    Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher, encyclopedist, dramatist, novelist, art critic. Suzanne Simon, in The Nun (La Religieuse) (1796), p. 153, Paris, Garnier Flammarion (1968). Suzanne Simon is the narrator and heroine of the novel.

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  • 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.
    Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). Conversations with a Christian Lady (1777).

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  • Gaiety—a quality of ordinary men. Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine.
    Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). "Diseases," Elements of Physiology (notes written 1774-1780, first published 1875).
  • The infant runs toward it with its eyes closed, the adult is stationary, the old man approaches it with his back turned.
    Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (c. 1966). Elements of Physiology, "Death," (written 1774-1780, published 1875).
  • The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers.
    Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). Observations on Drawing Up of Laws (1774).
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