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DENIS DIDEROT
French editor, writer and philosopher
(1713 - 1784)
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We are far more liable to catch the vices than the virtues of our associates.
      - [Vice]

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

Women swallow at one mouthful the lie that flatters, and drink drop by drop the truth that is bitter.
      - [Flattery]

The first step towards philosophy is incredulity.
      - Last Conversation [Philosophy]

The Marquis de Croismare's reply, if he does reply, will serve as the opening lines of this tale. Before writing to him I wanted to know what he was like. He is a man of the world, he has had a distinguished military career, is elderly, a widower with a daughter and two sons whom he loves and who return his affection. He is well born, enlightened, intelligent and witty, is fond of the arts and above all has an original mind.
      - Memoirs of a Nun,
        (Leonard Tancock translation)
        [Books (First Lines)]


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