When superstition is allowed to perform the task of old age in dulling the human temperament, we can say goodbye to all excellence in poetry, in painting, and in music.
Quote by Denis Diderot
Bad company is as instructive as licentiousness. One makes up for the loss of one's...
Although a man may wear fine clothing, if he lives peacefully; and is good, self-possessed,...
Gaiety is a quality of ordinary men. Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine.
There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it.
One declaims endlessly against the passions; one imputes all of man's suffering to them. One...
The pit of a theatre is the one place where the tears of virtuous and...
Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things.
It is not human nature we should accuse but the despicable conventions that pervert it.
Disturbances in society are never more fearful than when those who are stirring up the...
The God of the Christians is a father who makes much of his apples, and...
Justice is the first virtue of those who command, and stops the complaints of those...
Gratitude is a burden, and every burden is made to be shaken off
It is very important not to mistake hemlock for parsley, but to believe or not...
There is no good father who would want to resemble our Heavenly Father.
From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step.
To attempt the destruction of our passions is the height of folly. What a noble...
No man has received from nature the right to command his fellow human beings.
There is only one passion, the passion for happiness.
Watch out for the fellow who talks about putting things in order! Putting things in...
You have to make it happen.