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Quotations From DENIS DIDEROT

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  • 41.
    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 (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). On the Interpretation of Nature, no. 50 (1753).

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  • 42.
    The decisions of law courts should never be printed: in the long run, they form a counterauthority to the law.
    Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). Observations on the Drawing Up of Laws (first published 1921). Written in 1774 for Catherine the Great.
  • 43.
    Only passions, and great passions, can raise the soul to great things. Without them there is no sublimity, either in morals or in creativity. Art returns to infancy, and virtue becomes small- minded.
    Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher, encyclopedist, dramatist, novelist, art critic. Philosophical Thoughts (Pensées philosophiques), first Pensées (1746).
  • 44.
    It is said that desire is a product of the will, but the converse is in fact true: will is a product of desire.
    Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). "Will, Freedom," Elements of Physiology (written 1774-1780, published 1875).
  • 45.
    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 (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). Rameau's nephew, in Rameau's Nephew (written 1762, published 1821).

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