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A collection of thoughts and quotes by Denis Diderot on books, ideas, death, significance, French, accomplishments, birth, meaning, knowledge and soul.

38 Insightful Quotes By Denis Diderot That Will Polish Your Reasoning

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Famous As: Philosopher, Novelist, Essayist, Encyclopédistes, Writer, Art critic, Playwright, Literary critic, Correspondent

Born On: October 5, 1713

Died On: July 31, 1784

Born In: Langres

Died At Age: 70

Denis Diderot was a famed French art critic, writer and philosopher who played a vital role during ‘The Enlightenment’. He is also well-known as the co-founder and chief editor of ‘Encyclopedie’ with Jean le Rond d’Alembert. He gained fame primarily for his contributions towards the ‘Encyclopedie’ and also for the phenomenal plays that he had written. His first original work was titled, ‘The Philosophical Thoughts’ in which he argued for propitiation of feelings with reasons in order to establish compatibility. Some of his famous works include, ‘Paradox Of The Actor’, ‘Jacques The Fatalist’, ‘D’Alembert’s Dream’ and ‘Rameau’s Nephew’. However, these were all published after his death. Here is a corpus of some famous thoughts, views and opinions by the eminent philosopher which have been extracted from the vast sea of his works. Let us go through the quotes and sayings by Denis Diderot and see what we can learn from them.

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

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From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step.

Denis Diderot

One declaims endlessly against the passions; one imputes all of man's suffering to them. One forgets that they are also the source of all his pleasures.

Denis Diderot

Happiest are the people who give most happiness to others

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

Denis Diderot

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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A nation which thinks that it is belief in God and not good law which makes people honest does not seem to me very advanced.

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I am wholly yours - you are everything to me; we will sustain each other in all the ills of life it may please fate to inflict upon us; you will soothe my troubles; I will comfort you in yours.

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Scepticism is the first step towards truth.

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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.

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

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

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For me, my thoughts are my prostitutes.

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

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Life is but a series of misunderstandings.

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

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What is a monster? A being whose survival is incompatible with the existing order.

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

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People stop thinking when they cease to read.

Denis Diderot

The best order of things, as I see it, is the one that includes me; to hell with the most perfect of worlds, if I'm not part of it.

Denis Diderot

The first step towards philosophy is incredulity.

Denis Diderot

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

Denis Diderot

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.

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Nous aimons, sans nous en douter, tout ce qui nous livre nos penchants, nous sduit et excuse notre faiblesse.

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Nothing is duller than a progression of common chords. One wants some contrast, which breaks up the clear white light and makes it iridescent.

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Monsignor…you are asking whether I promise God chastity, poverty, and obedience. I heard what you said and my answer is no

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It is better to reveal a weakness than allow oneself be suspected of a vice.

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

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Los lubi chodzić krętymi drogami. Obwiniamy go w pierwszej chwili, że skłamał, z czasem zaś okazuje się, że mwił prawdę.

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Mis ideas son mis rameras

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Mind what you do; if you deceive me once I shall never believe you again.

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

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No matter how much a man may study, reflect and meditate on all the books in the world, he is nothing more than a minor scribe unless he has read the great book.

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The enjoyment of freedom which could be exercised without any motivation would be the real hallmark of a maniac.

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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.

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