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Denis Diderot

Denis Diderot

Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: French

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

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

It is very important not to mistake hemlock for parsley, but to believe or not believe in God is not important at all.

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

The infant runs toward it with its eyes closed, the adult is stationary, the old man approaches it with his back turned.

Sentences are like sharp nails, which force truth upon our memories.

Watch out for the fellow who talks about putting things in order! Putting things in order always means getting other people under your control.

There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it.

The possibility of divorce renders both marriage partners stricter in their observance of the duties they owe to each other. Divorces help to improve morals and to increase the population.

The decisions of law courts should never be printed: in the long run, they form a counter authority to the law.

All abstract sciences are nothing but the study of relations between signs.

The pit of a theatre is the one place where the tears of virtuous and wicked men alike are mingled.

In order to shake a hypothesis, it is sometimes not necessary to do anything more than push it as far as it will go.

We are all instruments endowed with feeling and memory. Our senses are so many strings that are struck by surrounding objects and that also frequently strike themselves.