Marquis de Sade


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Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade (2 June 1740 – 2 December 1814) was a French aristocrat, revolutionary politician, philosopher and writer, famous for his libertine sexuality and lifestyle. His works include novels, short stories, plays, dialogues and political tracts; in his lifetime some were published under his own name, while others appeared anonymously and Sade denied being their ... more »

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  • How delightful are the pleasures of the imagination! In those delectable moments, the whole world is ours; not a single creature resists us, we devastate the world, we repopulate it with new objects w...
    Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Belmor, in L'Histoire de Juliette, ou les Prospérités du Vice, pt. 3 (1797).
  • Are not laws dangerous which inhibit the passions? Compare the centuries of anarchy with those of the strongest legalism in any country you like and you will see that it is only when the laws are sile...
    Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Chigi, in L'Histoire de Juliette, ou les Prospérités du Vice, pt. 4 (1797).
  • Wolves which batten upon lambs, lambs consumed by wolves, the strong who immolate the weak, the weak victims of the strong: there you have Nature, there you have her intentions, there you have her sch...
    Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Clément, in Justine, ou les Malheurs de la Vertu (1791).
  • ''There is no more lively sensation than that of pain; its impressions are certain and dependable, they never deceive as may those of the pleasure women perpetually feign and almost never experience.''
    Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Clément, in Justine, ou les Malheurs de la Vertu (1791).
  • ''The more defects a man may have, the older he is, the less lovable, the more resounding his success.''
    Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Clément, in Justine, ou les Malheurs de la Vertu (1791). Pseudonym of Comte Donatien Alphonse François...
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