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DENIS DIDEROT
French editor, writer and philosopher
(1713 - 1784)
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Black-letter record of the ages.
      - [Ruins]

Distance is a great promoter of admiration.
      - [Admiration]

Does not vanity itself cease to be blamable, is it not even ennobled, when it is directed to laudable objects, when it confines itself to prompting us to great and generous actions?
      - [Vanity]

Genius is present in every age, but the men carrying it within them remain benumbed unless extraordinary events occur to heat up and melt the mass so that it flows forth.
      - [Genius]

Gratitude is a burden, and every burden is made to be shaken off.
      - [Gratitude]

He whom we call a gentleman is no longer the man of Nature.
      - [Gentlemen]

His hands would plait the priest's guts, if he had no rope, to strangle kings.
      - [Kings]

I can be expected to look for truth but not to find it.
      - [Truth]

I like better for one to say some foolish thing upon important matters than to be silent. That becomes the subject of discussion and dispute, and the truth is discovered.
      - [Silence]

If a misplaced admiration shows imbecility, an affected criticism shows vice of character. Expose thyself rather to appear a beast than false.
      - [Deceit]

Ignorance is less remote from the truth than prejudice.
      - [Prejudice]

Integrity is the evidence of all civil virtues.
      - [Integrity]

It is not the man who is beside himself, but he who is cool and collected,--who is master of his countenance, of his voice, of his actions, of his gestures, of every part of his play,--who can work upon others at his pleasure.
      - [Self-control]

Justice is the first virtue of those who command, and stops the complaints of those who obey.
      - [Justice]

Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
      - [Monarchy : Religion]

Only the bad man is alone.
      - [Solitude]

Philosophy is as far separated from impiety as religion is from fanaticism.
      - [Philosophy]

Pithy sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory.
      - [Language]

Posterity is for the Philosopher what the other world is for the religious.
      - [Posterity]

Sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory.
      - [Reading]

Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophy.
      - [Skepticism]

The best doctor is the one you run for and can't find.
      - [Physicians]

Those authors into whose hands nature has placed a magic wand, with which they no sooner touch us than we forget the unhappiness in life, than the darkness leaves our soul, and we are reconciled to existence, should be placed among the benefactors of the human race.
      - [Authorship]

To brand man with infamy, and let him free, is an absurdity that peoples our forests with assassins.
  [Fr., Rendre l'homme infame, et le laisser libre, est une absurdite qui peuple nos forets d'assassins.]
      - [Liberty]

To describe women, the pen should be dipped in the humid colors of the rainbow, and the paper dried with the dust gathered from the wings of a butterfly.
      - [Women]


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