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Denis Diderot Quotes: "Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest."

Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.




Denis Diderot Quotes: "Instinct guides the animal better than the man. In the animal it is pure in man it is led astray by his reason and intelligence."

Instinct guides the animal better than the man. In the animal it is pure in man it is led astray by his reason and intelligence.



Denis Diderot Quotes: "Disturbances in society are never more fearful than when those who are stirring up the trouble can use the pretext of religion to mask their true designs."

Disturbances in society are never more fearful than when those who are stirring up the trouble can use the pretext of religion to mask their true designs.



Denis Diderot Quotes: "People stop thinking when they cease to read."

People stop thinking when they cease to read.




Denis Diderot Quotes: "No man has received from nature the right to command his fellow human beings."

No man has received from nature the right to command his fellow human beings.



Denis Diderot Quotes: "Distance is a great promoter of admiration!"

Distance is a great promoter of admiration!



Denis Diderot Quotes: "The best doctor is the one you run to and can't find."

The best doctor is the one you run to and can't find.




Denis Diderot Quotes: "Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things."

Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.



Denis Diderot Quotes: "The most dangerous madmen are those created by religion, and ... people whose aim is to disrupt society always know how to make good use of them on occasion."

The most dangerous madmen are those created by religion, and ... people whose aim is to disrupt society always know how to make good use of them on occasion.



Denis Diderot Quotes: "If there is one realm in which it is essential to be sublime, it is in wickedness. You spit on a petty thief, but you can't deny a kind of respect for the great criminal."

If there is one realm in which it is essential to be sublime, it is in wickedness. You spit on a petty thief, but you can't deny a kind of respect for the great criminal.



Denis Diderot Quotes: "Scepticism is the first step towards truth."

Scepticism is the first step towards truth.



Denis Diderot Quotes: "Morals are in all countries the result of legislation and government they are not African or Asian or European: they are good or bad."

Morals are in all countries the result of legislation and government they are not African or Asian or European: they are good or bad.




Denis Diderot Quotes: "Isn't it better to have men be ungrateful than to miss a chance to do good?"

Isn't it better to have men be ungrateful than to miss a chance to do good?



Denis Diderot Quotes: "There are things I can't force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint."

There are things I can't force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint.



Denis Diderot Quotes: "Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things."

Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things.



Denis Diderot Quotes: "One cannot get rid of a good education, nor, unfortunately, of a bad one, which often is such because one has not wanted to defray the expenses of a good one."

One cannot get rid of a good education, nor, unfortunately, of a bad one, which often is such because one has not wanted to defray the expenses of a good one.



Denis Diderot Quotes: "Oh! how near are genius and madness! Men imprison them and chain them, or raise statues to them."

Oh! how near are genius and madness! Men imprison them and chain them, or raise statues to them.



Denis Diderot Quotes: "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."

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.



Denis Diderot Quotes: "Do you see this egg? With this you can topple every theological theory, every church or temple in the world."

Do you see this egg? With this you can topple every theological theory, every church or temple in the world.



Denis Diderot Quotes: "There is only one passion, the passion for happiness."

There is only one passion, the passion for happiness.



Denis Diderot Quotes: "Only passions great passions can elevate the soul to great things."

Only passions great passions can elevate the soul to great things.



Denis Diderot Quotes: "Power acquired by violence is only a usurpation, and lasts only as long as the force of him who commands prevails over that of those who obey."

Power acquired by violence is only a usurpation, and lasts only as long as the force of him who commands prevails over that of those who obey.



Denis Diderot Quotes: "One swallows the lie that flatters, but sips the bitter truth drop by drop."

One swallows the lie that flatters, but sips the bitter truth drop by drop.



Denis Diderot Quotes: "We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter."

We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.



Denis Diderot Quotes: "Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it."

Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it.



Denis Diderot Quotes: "It is not human nature we should accuse but the despicable conventions that pervert it."

It is not human nature we should accuse but the despicable conventions that pervert it.



Denis Diderot Quotes: "Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild."

Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild.



Denis Diderot Quotes: "All things must be examined, debated, investigated without exception and without regard for anyone's feelings."

All things must be examined, debated, investigated without exception and without regard for anyone's feelings.



Denis Diderot Quotes: "Whether God exists or does not exist, He has come to rank among the most sublime and useless truths."

Whether God exists or does not exist, He has come to rank among the most sublime and useless truths.



Denis Diderot Quotes: "You have to make it happen."

You have to make it happen.



Denis Diderot Quotes: "Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest."

Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.



Denis Diderot Quotes: "If you want me to believe in God, you must make me touch him."

If you want me to believe in God, you must make me touch him.



Denis Diderot Quotes: "You risk just as much in being credulous as in being suspicious."

You risk just as much in being credulous as in being suspicious.