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Brief author info: Denis Diderot (1713-1784) French encyclopedist, materialistic philosopher, novelist, satirist, playwright, art critic.
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Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.
Bad company is as instructive as debauchery: one is indemnified for the loss of innocence by the loss of prejudice.
Isn't it better to have men being ungrateful than to miss a chance to do good?
Anyone who takes it upon himself, on his private authority, to break a bad law, thereby authorizes everyone else to break the good ones.
There is less harm to be suffered in being mad among madmen than in being sane all by oneself.
Only God and some few rare geniuses can keep forging ahead into novelty.
Watch out for the fellow who talks about putting things in order! Putting things in order always means getting other people under your control.
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.
Passions destroy more prejudices than philosophy does.
Posterity for the philosopher is what the other world is for the religious man.
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