Marquis de Sade


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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 which, in turn, we immolate. The means to every crime is ours, and we employ them all, we multiply the horror a hundredfold.''
    Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Belmor, in L'Histoire de Juliette, ou les Prospérités du Vice, pt. 3 (1797).
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  • ''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 silent that the greatest actions appear.''
    Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Chigi, in L'Histoire de Juliette, ou les Prospérités du Vice, pt. 4 (1797).
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  • ''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 scheme: a perpetual action and reaction, a host of vices, a host of virtues, in one word, a perfect equilibrium resulting from the equality of good and evil on earth.''
    Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Clément, in Justine, ou les Malheurs de la Vertu (1791).
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  • ''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).
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  • ''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 Françoise.
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  • ''The primary and most beautiful of Nature's qualities is motion, which agitates her at all times, but this motion is simply a perpetual consequence of crimes, she conserves it by means of crimes only.''
    Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Comte de Bressac, in Justine, ou les Malheurs de la Vertu, p. 520 (1791, 1991).
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  • ''They declaim against the passions without bothering to think that it is from their flame philosophy lights its torch.''
    Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Delbène, in L'Histoire de Juliette, ou les Prospérités du Vice, pt. 1 (1797).
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  • ''The imagination is the spur of delights ... all depends upon it, it is the mainspring of everything; now, is it not by means of the imagination one knows joy? Is it not of the imagination that the sharpest pleasures arise?''
    Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Dolmancé, "Dialogue the Third," Philosophy in the Bedroom (1795).
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  • ''In libertinage, nothing is frightful, because everything libertinage suggests is also a natural inspiration; the most extraordinary, the most bizarre acts, those which most arrantly seem to conflict with every law, every human institution ... even those that are not frightful, and there is not one amongst them all that cannot be demonstrated within the boundaries of nature.''
    Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Dolmancé, in "Dialogue the Fifth," Philosophy in the Bedroom (1795).
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  • ''Nature has not got two voices, you know, one of them condemning all day what the other commands.''
    Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Dolmancé, in "Dialogue the Fifth," Philosophy in the Bedroom (1795).
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