Gaiety is a quality of ordinary men. Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine.
Quote by Denis Diderot
Denis Diderot Quotes
It is not human nature we should accuse but the despicable conventions that pervert it.
Women swallow at one mouthful the lie that flatters, and drink drop by drop the...
If there is one realm in which it is essential to be sublime, it is...
Genius is present in every age, but the men carrying it within them remain benumbed...
There are things I can't force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest...
Gratitude is a burden, and every burden is made to be shaken off
Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild.
Our observation of nature must be diligent, our reflection profound, and our experiments exact. We...
There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge... observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation...
Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that...
The best mannered people make the most absurd lovers.
His hands would plait the priest's guts, if he had no rope, to strangle kings.
Pithy sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory.
The God of the Christians is a father who makes much of his apples, and...
In order to shake a hypothesis, it is sometimes not necessary to do anything more...
There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it.
There is only one passion, the passion for happiness.
Evil always turns up in this world through some genius or other.
Good music is very close to primitive language.
Disturbances in society are never more fearful than when those who are stirring up the...