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
Denis Diderot "Selected Writings"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"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
Denis Diderot "Selected Writings"

Rating: 7.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"There is only one passion, the passion for happiness."

Rating: 4.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"All abstract sciences are nothing but the study of relations between signs."

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Only passions, and great passions, can raise the soul to great things. Without them there is no sublimity, either in morals or in creativity. Art returns to infancy, and virtue becomes small-minded."

Denis Diderot
Denis Diderot "Philosophical Thoughts"

Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

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

Denis Diderot
Denis Diderot "Encyclopedia"

Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step."

Denis Diderot
Denis Diderot "Essay on Merit and Virtue"

Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

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

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

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

Rating: 6.40 (Number of Voters: 5)