Quotations From MARQUIS DE SADE

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  • 1.
    For mortal men there is but one hell, and that is the folly and wickedness and spite of his fellows; but once his life is over, there's an end to it: his annihilation is final and entire, of him nothing survives.
    Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Mme. Clairwill, in L'Histoire de Juliette, ou les Prospérités du Vice, pt. 2 (1797).

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  • 2.
    So long as the laws remain such as they are today, employ some discretion: loud opinion forces us to do so; but in privacy and silence let us compensate ourselves for that cruel chastity we are obliged to display in public.
    Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Mme. De Saint-Ange, in "Dialogue the Third," Philosophy in the Bedroom (1795).

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  • 3.
    One must feel sorry for those who have strange tastes, but never insult them. Their wrong is Nature's too; they are no more responsible for having come into the world with tendencies unlike ours than are we for being born bandy-legged or well- proportioned.
    Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Le Chevalier, in "Dialogue the Fifth," Philosophy in the Bedroom (1795).

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  • 4.
    Truth titillates the imagination far less than fiction.
    Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Friar Claude, in L'Histoire de Juliette, ou les Prospérités du Vice, pt. 3 (1797).

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  • 5.
    Here am I: at one stroke incestuous, adulteress, sodomite, and all that in a girl who only lost her maidenhead today!... What progress, my friends!... with what rapidity I advance along the thorny road of vice!
    Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Eugénie, in "Dialogue the Seventh," Philosophy in the Bedroom (1795).

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  • 6.
    'Tis the most commonplace thing in the world, to love one man to distraction and to fuck frenziedly with another; you don't give your heart to him, just your body.... There are two manners of loving a man: morally and physically.
    Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Duvergier, in L'Histoire de Juliette, ou les Prospérités du Vice, pt. 1 (1797).

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  • 7.
    Nature, who for the perfect maintenance of the laws of her general equilibrium, has sometimes need of vices and sometimes of virtues, inspires now this impulse, now that one, in accordance with what she requires.
    Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Dolmancé, in Philosophy in the Bedroom, "Dialogue the Seventh," (1795).

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  • 8.
    Get it into your head once and for all, my simple and very fainthearted fellow, that what fools call humaneness is nothing but a weakness born of fear and egoism; that this chimerical virtue, enslaving only weak men, is unknown to those whose character is formed by stoicism, courage, and philosophy.
    Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Dolmancé, in "Dialogue the Seventh," Philosophy in the Bedroom (1795).

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  • 9.
    Ah, Eugénie, have done with virtues! Among the sacrifices that can be made to those counterfeit divinities, is there one worth an instant of the pleasures one tastes in outraging them?
    Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Dolmancé, in "Dialogue the Third," Philosophy in the Bedroom (1795).
  • 10.
    Lycurgus, Numa, Moses, Jesus Christ, Mohammed, all these great rogues, all these great thought-tyrants, knew how to associate the divinities they fabricated with their own boundless ambition.
    Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Dolmancé, in "Dialogue the Fifth: Yet Another Effort, Frenchmen, If You Would Become Republicans," Philosophy in the Bedroom (1795).
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