The general interest of the masses might take the place of the insight of genius if it were allowed freedom of action.

Denis Diderot

Denis Diderot

Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: French


The general interest of the masses might take the place of the insight of genius if it were allowed .. Denis Diderot

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Every man has his dignity. I'm willing to forget mine, but at my own discretion and not when someone else tells me to.

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

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The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers.

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

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.

Although a man may wear fine clothing, if he lives peacefully; and is good, self-possessed, has faith and is pure; and if he does not hurt any living being, he is a holy man.

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