Quotes by 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
Distance is a great promoter of admiration!
– 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
Evil always turns up in this world through some genius or other.
– Denis Diderot
From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step.
– Denis Diderot
If you want me to believe in God, you must make me touch him.
– 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
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
Justice is the first virtue of those who command, and stops the complaints of those who obey.
– Denis Diderot
Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
– 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
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
Pithy sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory.
– Denis Diderot
The arbitrary rule of a just and enlightened prince is always bad. His virtues are the most dangerous and the surest form of seduction: they lull a people imperceptibly into the habit of loving, respecting, and serving his successor, whoever that successor may be, no matter how wicked or stupid.
– Denis Diderot
The best doctor is the one you run to and can't find.
– 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
The infant runs toward it with its eyes closed, the adult is stationary, the old man approaches it with his back turned.
– 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
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
There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it.
– Denis Diderot