The general interest of the masses might take the place of the insight of genius if it were allowed freedom of action.
Quote by Denis Diderot
There is no kind of harassment that a man may not inflict on a woman...
If you want me to believe in God, you must make me touch him.
The best mannered people make the most absurd lovers.
Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of...
Good music is very close to primitive language.
Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that...
There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge. . . observation of nature, reflection, and...
Although a man may wear fine clothing, if he lives peacefully; and is good, self-possessed,...
Watch out for the fellow who talks about putting things in order! Putting things in...
People praise virtue, but they hate it, they run away from it. It freezes you...
We are all instruments endowed with feeling and memory. Our senses are so many strings...
We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little...
Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophy.
No man has received from nature the right to command his fellow human beings.
Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things.
In order to shake a hypothesis, it is sometimes not necessary to do anything more...
His hands would plait the priest's guts, if he had no rope, to strangle kings.
The blood of Jesus Christ can cover a multitude of sins, it seems to me.
The first step towards philosophy is incredulity.
There is no good father who would want to resemble our Heavenly Father.