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Power acquired by violence is only a usurpation,
by Denis Diderot

Power acquired by violence is only a usurpation,
and lasts only as long as the force of him who commands
prevails over that of those who obey.
- Denis Diderot

Related topics: Power

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

The best doctor is the one you run to and can't find.
- Denis Diderot

Gaiety is a quality of ordinary men.
Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine.
- Denis Diderot

 

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

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

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

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Gratitude is a burden, and every burden is made to be shaken off.
- Denis Diderot

Good music is very close to primitive language.
- Denis Diderot

The general interest of the masses might take the place
of the insight of genius if it were allowed freedom of action.
- Denis Diderot

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

Bad company is as instructive as licentiousness.
One makes up for the loss of one's innocence with the
loss of one's prejudices.
- Denis Diderot

The first step towards philosophy is incredulity.
- Denis Diderot

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.
- Denis Diderot

When superstition is allowed to perform the task of
old age in dulling the human temperament,
we can say goodbye to all excellence in poetry,
in painting, and in music.
- Denis Diderot

We are far more liable to catch the vices than the
virtues of our associates.
- Denis Diderot

There are things I can't force.
I must adjust.
There are times when the greatest change needed is
a change of my viewpoint.
- Denis Diderot

It is said that desire is a product of the will,
but the converse is in fact true: will is a product of desire.
- Denis Diderot

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

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

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.
- Denis Diderot

Morals are in all countries the result of legislation and government;
they are not African or Asian or European:
they are good or bad.
- Denis Diderot

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

Disturbances in society are never more fearful than
when those who are stirring up the trouble can use
the pretext of religion to mask their true designs.
- Denis Diderot

Evil always turns up in this world through some genius or other.
- Denis Diderot

There is only one passion, the passion for happiness.
- Denis Diderot

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

The philosopher has never killed any priests,
whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers.
- Denis Diderot

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

Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things.
- Denis Diderot

There is no good father who would want to resemble our Heavenly Father.
- Denis Diderot

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

Pithy sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory.
- Denis Diderot

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

Only a very bad theologian would confuse the certainty
that follows revelation with the truths that are revealed.
They are entirely different things.
- Denis Diderot

If there is one realm in which it is essential to be sublime,
it is in wickedness.
You spit on a petty thief, but you can't deny a kind
of respect for the great criminal.
- Denis Diderot

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

You have to make it happen.
- 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

People praise virtue, but they hate it,
they run away from it.
It freezes you to death, and in this world you've got to keep your feet warm.
- Denis Diderot

The blood of Jesus Christ can cover a multitude of sins,
it seems to me.
- Denis Diderot

My ideas are my whores.
- Denis Diderot

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

Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophy.
- Denis Diderot

From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step.
- Denis Diderot

It is not human nature we should accuse but the despicable
conventions that pervert it.
- Denis Diderot

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

There is no kind of harassment that a man may not inflict
on a woman with impunity in civilized societies.
- Denis Diderot

Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever
outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it.
- Denis Diderot

Although a man may wear fine clothing,
if he lives peacefully; and is good,
self-possessed,
has faith and is pure; and if he does not hurt any living being,
he is a holy man.
- Denis Diderot

The God of the Christians is a father who makes much of his apples,
and very little of his children.
- Denis Diderot

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

Every man has his dignity.
I'm willing to forget mine, but at my own discretion
and not when someone else tells me to.
- Denis Diderot

The best mannered people make the most absurd lovers.
- Denis Diderot

When science, art, literature, and philosophy are simply
the manifestation of personality they are on a level
where glorious and dazzling achievements are possible,
which can make a man's name live for thousands of years.
- Denis Diderot

To attempt the destruction of our passions is the height of folly.
What a noble aim is that of the zealot who tortures
himself like a madman in order to desire nothing,
love nothing, feel nothing, and who,
if he succeeded,
would end up a complete monster!
- Denis Diderot

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.
- Denis Diderot

Our observation of nature must be diligent,
our reflection profound, and our experiments exact.
We rarely see these three means combined;
and for this reason,
creative geniuses are not common.
- Denis Diderot

There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge...
observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation.
Observation collects facts; reflection combines them;
experimentation verifies the result of that combination.
- Denis Diderot

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Use the power of your word
in the direction of truth and love.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The power of imagination makes us infinite.
- John Muir

The greatest power is often simple patience.
- E. Joseph Cossman

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
- Raymond Lindquist

Know the power and the peace of saying,
"I love you just the way you are."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine,
a possession for all time.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A common denominator of all religions is that
they have the power to bring out the best and the worst in people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

At all times and under all circumstances,
we have the power to transform the quality of our lives.
- Werner Erhard

Power is not alluring to pure minds.
- Thomas Jefferson

We are powerless to redesign the world,
but we have infinite power to create our appreciation of it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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