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


1:Love follows knowledge. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
2:Every cell in us worships God. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
3:Faith is God's work within us. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
4:The soul is known by it's acts. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
5:Beware the man of a single book. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
6:Beware of the person of one book. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
7:Give, expecting nothing there of. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
8:Unbelief is the greatest of sins. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
9:Wonder is the desire of knowledge. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
10:In the end, we know God as unknown. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
11:There is no leisure about politics. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
12:God answered the prayers of animals. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
13:The things we love tell us who we are. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
14:Art is right reason in the doing of work. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
15:Charity is love; not all love is charity. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
16:Christ was either liar, lunatic, or Lord! ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
17:Love takes up where knowledge leaves off. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
18:The happy man in this life needs friends. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
19:To love is to will the good of the other. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
20:Better to illuminate than merely to shine. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
21:Don't ask who said it? Ask what they said. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
22:You change people by delight, by pleasure. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
23:Humility is the mark of a genuine disciple. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
24:Justice is in subjects as well as in rulers. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
25:The things that we love tell us what we are. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
26:Well-ordered self-love is right and natural. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
27:No man truly has joy unless he lives in love. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
28:What does it take to become a saint? Will it. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
29:Faith does not quench desire, but inflames it. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
30:Grace does not destroy nature, it perfects it. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
31:Reason in man is rather like God in the world. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
32:The soul is perfected by knowledge and virtue. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
33:God is never angry for His sake, only for ours. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
34:Rarely affirm, seldom deny, always distinguish. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
35:The light of faith makes us see what we believe. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
36:The Angel's bread is made the Bread of man today. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
37:It is only God who creates. Man merely rearranges. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
38:There can be no joy in living without joy in work. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
39:To love God is something greater than to know Him. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
40:A man's heart is right when he wills what God wills. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
41:Anything done against faith or conscience is sinful. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
42:God destines us for an end beyond the grasp of reason. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
43:To live well is to work well, to show a good activity. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
44:When fear is excessive it can make many a man despair. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
45:A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
46:In a false person, sacraments do not produce any effect. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
47:He who is dying of hunger must be fed rather than taught. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
48:Theology is taught by God, teaches God, and leads to God. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
49:To virginity is awarded the tribute of the highest beauty ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
50:We can open our hearts to God, but only with Divine help. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
51:Any error about creation also leads to an error about God. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
52:Not everything that is more difficult is more meritorious. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
53:Charity brings to life again those who are spiritually dead. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
54:Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
55:All my words are but chaff next to the faith of a simple man. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
56:A man does not always choose what his guardian angel intends. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
57:God's precepts are light to the loving, heavy to the fearful. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
58:Grace renders us like God and a partaker of the divine nature. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
59:There is within every soul a thirst for happiness and meaning. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
60:Charity is the form, mover, mother and root of all the virtues. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
61:To convert somebody go and take them by the hand and guide them. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
62:Concerning perfect blessedness which consists in a vision of God. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
63:Faith will tell us Christ is present, When our human senses fail. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
64:One cannot use an evil action with reference to a good intention. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
65:Venial sin becomes mortal sin when one approves it as an end. . . ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
66:Sin is a spiritual illness; thus sinners are in need of salvation. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
67:The truth of the Christian faith surpasses the capacity of reason. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
68:Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
69:There is nothing in your mind which wasn't experienced before hand. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
70:By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
71:Good can exist without evil, whereas evil cannot exist without good. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
72:True peace consists in not separating ourselves from the will of God. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
73:We should love others truly, for their own sakes rather than our own. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
74:There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
75:He who achieves power by violence does not truly become lord or master. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
76:Nothing which implies contradiction falls under the omnipotence of God. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
77:Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
78:Characteristics which define beauty are wholeness, harmony and radiance. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
79:Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of good wine. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
80:It must be said that charity can, in no way, exist along with mortal sin. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
81:The proper effect of the Eucharist is the transformation of man into God. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
82:Human salvation demands the divine disclosure of truths surpassing reason. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
83:Miracles are signs not to them that believe, but to them that believe not. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
84:Whatever is received is received according to the nature of the recipient. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
85:Whenever God wakes in us, our thinking becomes clear - nothing is missing. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
86:Baptism is the door of the spiritual life and the gateway to the sacraments. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
87:All the efforts of the human mind cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
88:Charity, by which God and neighbor are loved, is the most perfect friendship. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
89:Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man's own will. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
90:I cannot understand how anyone conscious of mortal sin can laugh or be merry. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
91:Moral science is better occupied when treating of friendship than of justice. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
92:Without sanctifying grace it is not possible to refrain long from mortal sin. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
93:All that is true, by whomsoever it has been said has its origin in the Spirit. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
94:The celebration of Holy Mass is as valuable as the death of Jesus on the cross. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
95:If you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
96:Not everyone who is enlightened by an angel knows that he is enlightened by him. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
97:There must be must be a first mover existing above all – and this we call God. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
98:As the saints will rejoice in all goods, so will the damned grieve for all goods. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
99:Every truth without exception- and whoever may utter it- is from the Holy Spirit. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
100:The celestial bodies are the cause of all that takes place in the sublunar world. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
101:It is not possible to be ignorant of the end of things if we know their beginning. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
102:It is unlawful to add anything to the words of Holy Scripture regarding the sense. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
103:Love is a binding force, by which another is joined to me and cherished by myself. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
104:To disparage the dictate of reason is equivalent to contemning the command of God. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
105:He who does not embrace the teaching of the Church does not have the habit of faith. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
106:The human mind may perceive truth only through thinking, as is clear from Augustine. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
107:Mercy without justice is the mother of dissolution; justice without mercy is cruelty. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
108:Perfection of moral virtue does not wholly take away the passions, but regulates them. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
109:The greatness of the human being consists in this: that it is capable of the universe. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
110:It would be superfluous to receive by faith, things that can be known by natural reason ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
111:Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
112:It would seem that zeal is not an effect of love. For zeal is a beginning of contention. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
113:Distinctions drawn by the mind are not necessarily equivalent to distinctions in reality. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
114:Eternity is called whole, not because it has parts, but because it is lacking in nothing. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
115:A scrap of knowledge about sublime things is worth more than any amount about trivialities. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
116:Law; an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
117:Devotion is a certain act of the will by which man gives himself promptly to divine service. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
118:If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
119:Practical sciences proceed by building up; theoretical science by resolving into components. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
120:The greatest kindness one can render to any man consists in leading him from error to truth. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
121:A song is the exultation of the mind dwelling on eternal things, bursting forth in the voice. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
122:How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
123:To teach in order to lead others to faith is the task of every preacher and of each believer. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
124:He who is drawn to something desirable does not desire to have it as a thought but as a thing. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
125:Nothing created has ever been able to fill the heart of man. God alone can fill it infinitely. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
126:For those with faith, no evidence is necessary; for those without it, no evidence will suffice. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
127:It is a sin to regard the fact that God cannot do the impossible as a limitation on his powers. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
128:Mistakes are made on two counts: an argument is either based on error or incorrectly developed. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
129:The soul is like an uninhabited world that comes to life only when God lays His head against us. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
130:God should not be called an individual substance, since the principle of individuation is matter. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
131:Whatever a man has in superabundance is owed, of natural right, to the poor for their sustenance. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
132:So, to detract from the perfection of creatures is to detract from the perfection of divine power. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
133:God has no need for our worship. It is we who need to show our gratitude for what we have received. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
134:The custom of the Church has very great authority and ought to be jealously observed in all things. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
135:The splendor of a soul in grace is so seductive that it surpasses the beauty of all created things. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
136:This Blood that but one drop of has the power to win all the world forgiveness of its world of sin. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
137:For although the will cannot be inwardly moved by any creature, yet it can be moved inwardly by God. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
138:The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to attack them. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
139:To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
140:Law has the power to compel: indeed, the ability to enforce is a condition of the ability to command. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
141:As mariners are guided into port by the shining of a star, so Christians are guided to heaven by Mary. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
142:There would not be a perfect likeness of God in the universe if all things were of one grade of being. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
143:The Study of philosophy is not that we may know what men have thought, but what the truth of things is. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
144:A thing is lovable according as it is good. But God is infinite good. Therefore He is infinitely lovable. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
145:If, then, you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because He Himself is the way. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
146:Man is closer to God according to his existence in grace than he is according to his existence in nature. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
147:Clearly the person who accepts the Church as an infallible guide will believe whatever the Church teaches. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
148:He that obstinately denieth the truth before men upon earth, wilfully refuseth his soul's health in heaven. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
149:I receive Thee ransom of my soul. For love of Thee have I studied and kept vigil toiled preached and taught. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
150:Now, nothing can be brought from potentiality to actual existence except through something actually existing ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
151:There being an imminent danger for the faith, prelates must be questioned, even publicly, by their subjects. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
152:He suddenly announced that he could not write any more since "All that I have written seems like straw to me." ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
153:Better to illuminate than merely to shine; to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
154:It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
155:The highest perfection of human life consists in the mind of man being detached from care, for the sake of God. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
156:The minister to whom confession is made is the delegate of Christ, Who is the Judge of the living and the dead. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
157:In the realm of evil thoughts none induces to sin as much as do thoughts that concern the pleasure of the flesh. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
158:Because we cannot know what God is, but only what He is not, we cannot consider how He is but only how He is not. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
159:Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in the circumstances confronting him. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
160:The theologian considers sin mainly as an offence against God; the moral philosopher as contrary to reasonableness. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
161:An act of love always tends towards two things; to the good that one wills, and to the person for whom one wills it. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
162:The existence of a prime mover- nothing can move itself; there must be a first mover. The first mover is called God. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
163:Believing is an act of the intellect assenting to the divine truth by command of the will moved by God through grace. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
164:But man is freer than all the animals, on account of his free-will, with which he is endowed above all other animals. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
165:It is necessary for the perfection of human society that there should be men who devote their lives to contemplation. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
166:Jesus Lord, kind Pelican, Cleanse my filth with Thy blood, One drop of which can save The whole world from all its sin ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
167:God himself would not permit evil in this world if good did not come of it for the benefit and harmony of the universe. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
168:Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
169:The Blessed Eucharist is the perfect Sacrament of the Lord's Passion, since It contains Christ Himself and his Passion. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
170:Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
171:One aspect of neighbourly love is that we must not merely will our neighbours good, but actually work to bring it about. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
172:All men are equal in nature, and also in original sin. It is in the merits and demerits of their actions that they differ. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
173:The test of the artist does not lie in the will with which he goes to work, but in the excellence of the work he produces. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
174:Man has free choice, or otherwise counsels, exhortations, commands, prohibitions, rewards and punishments would be in vain. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
175:Of all the pursuits open to men, the search for wisdom is most perfect, more sublime, more profitable, and more full of joy. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
176:Pray thee, spare, thyself at times: for it becomes a wise man sometimes to relax the high pressure of his attention to work. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
177:When the devil is called the god of this world, it is not because he made it, but because we serve him with our worldliness. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
178:Far graver is it to corrupt the faith that is the life of the soul than to counterfeit the money that sustains temporal life. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
179:The proper task of the Savior is that he is a savior; indeed, for this he came into the world: to seek and save what was lost. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
180:Do not wish to jump immediately from the streams to the sea, because one has to go through easier things to the more difficult. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
181:Fear is such a powerful emotion for humans that when we allow it to take us over, it drives compassion right out of our hearts. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
182:To pretend angels do not exist because they are invisible is to believe we never sleep because we don't see ourselves sleeping. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
183:There is but one Church in which men find salvation, just as outside the ark of Noah it was not possible for anyone to be saved. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
184:I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it. I would hope to act with compassion without thinking of personal gain. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
185:If a man deliberately abstains from wine to such an extent that he does serious harm to his nature, he will not be free from blame. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
186:The blessed in the kingdom of heaven will see the punishments of the damned, in order that their bliss be more delightful for them. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
187:It is a sin directly against one's neighbour, since one man cannot over-abound in external riches, without another man lacking them. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
188:Likewise grace and glory are referred to the same genus, since grace is nothing other than a certain first beginning of glory in us. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
189:It is possible to demonstrate God's existence, although not a priori, yet a posteriori from some work of His more surely known to us. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
190:The Cross to me is certain salvation. The Cross is that which I ever adore. The Cross of the Lord is with me. The Cross is my refuge. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
191:how unspeakable is this Sacrament which sets our affections ablaze with charity. ... It is the fulfillment of Christ's Mystical Body. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
192:saving Victim, opening wide The gate of heaven to man below, Our foes press on from every side, Thine aid supply, Thy strength bestow. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
193:The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in His divinity, assumed our nature, so that He, made man, might make men gods. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
194:I cannot go on... . All that I have written seems to me like so much straw compared to what I have seen and what has been revealed to me. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
195:The servants of God... whether provoked by word or work, by keeping themselves tranquil and peaceful, evince a perfect nobleness of soul. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
196:I answer that, Even, as in the blessed in heaven there will be most perfect charity, so in the damned there will be the most perfect hate. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
197:It [covetousness] is a sin against God, just as all mortal sins, in as much as man condemns things eternal for the sake of temporal things. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
198:The Eucharist is the Sacrament of Love; It signifies Love, It produces love. The Eucharist is the consummation of the whole spiritual life. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
199:We can't have full knowledge all at once. We must start by believing; then afterwards we may be led on to master the evidence for ourselves. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
200:Man cannot live without joy; therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
201:Man should not consider his material possession his own, but as common to all, so as to share them without hesitation when others are in need. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
202:That the saints may enjoy their beatitude and the grace of God more abundantly they are permitted to see the punishment of the damned in hell. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
203:God is not related to creatures as though belonging to a different "genus," but as transcending every "genus," and as the principle of all "genera. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
204:Prostitution in the towns is like the cesspool in the palace; take away the cesspool and the palace will become an unclean and evil smelling-place. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
205:Mary means Star of the sea, for as mariners are guided to port by the ocean star, so Christians attain to glory through Mary's maternal intercession. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
206:Arrive at knowledge over small streamlets, and do not plunge immediately into the ocean, since progress must go from the easier to the more difficult. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
207:For in order that man may do well, whether in the works of the active life, or in those of the contemplative life, he needs the fellowship of friends. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
208:For loving draws us more to things than knowing does, since good is found by going to the thing, whereas the true is found when the thing comes to us. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
209:Being born he have himself as our Companion, Eating with us he gave himself as Food, Dying He became our Ransom, Reigning he gives himself as our Reward ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
210:Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
211:Bestow upon me, O Lord my God, understanding to know thee, diligence to seek thee, wisdom to find thee, and a faithfulness that may finally embrace thee. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
212:The knowledge of God is the cause of things. For the knowledge of God is to all creatures what the knowledge of the artificer is to things made by his art. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
213:First, I say that he draws near to those who make peace with him. For God is the One who brings about peace; and where else should peace dwell than in peace? ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
214:How is it they live in such harmony the billions of stars - when most men can barely go a minute without declaring war in their minds about someone they know. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
215:Sloth is sluggishness of the mind which neglects to begin good... it is evil in its effect, if it so oppresses man as to draw him away entirely from good deeds. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
216:In order for a war to be just, three things are necessary. First, the authority of the sovereign... Secondly, a just cause... Thirdly... a rightful intention. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
217:If forgers and malefactors are put to death by the secular power, there is much more reason for excommunicating and even putting to death one convicted of heresy. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
218:Love must precede hatred, and nothing is hated save through being contrary to a suitable thing which is loved. And hence it is that every hatred is caused by love. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
219:Now this relaxation of the mind from work consists on playful words or deeds. Therefore it becomes a wise and virtuous man to have recourse to such things at times. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
220:We are like children, who stand in need of masters to enlighten us and direct us; God has provided for this, by appointing his angels to be our teachers and guides. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
221:By the divine providence [animals] are intended for man's use... Hence it is not wrong for man to make use of them, either by killing or in any other way whatsoever. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
222:An angel can illumine the thought and mind of man by strengthening the power of vision and by bringing within his reach some truth which the angel himself contemplates. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
223:Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
224:See to whom Jesus is drawing near, three kinds of people: to those who make peace with him, to those who are devoted to God, and to those who are kind to their neighbors. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
225:The same fire" (which he decides to be material) " torments the damned in hell and the just in purgatory... The least pain in purgatory exceeds the greatest in this life. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
226:To the Everlasting Father, And the Son who made us free And the Spirit, God proceeding From them Each eternally, Be salvation, honour, blessing, Might and endless majesty. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
227:Gods are called many by the error of some who worshipped many deities, thinking as they did the planets and other stars were gods, and also the separate parts of the world. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
228:To bear with patience wrongs done to oneself is a mark of perfection, but to bear with patience wrongs done to someone else is a mark of imperfection and even of actual sin. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
229:The Bread of angels has become the Bread of mankind; This heavenly Bread puts an end to all images; O wonderful reality! The poor, the slave, and the humble can eat the Lord. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
230:Wonder was the motive that led people to philosophy ... wonder is a kind of desire in knowledge. It is the cause of delight because it carries with it the hope of discovery. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
231:One will observe that all things are arranged according to their degrees of beauty and excellence, and that the nearer they are to God, the more beautiful and better they are. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
232:The soul, which is the first principle of life, is not a body, but the act of a body; just as heat, which is the principle of calefaction, is not a body, but an act of a body. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
233:We must love them both, those whose opinions we share and those whose opinions we reject, for both have labored in the search for truth, and both have helped us in finding it. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
234:If a thing can be done adequately by means of one, it is superfluous to do it by means of several; for we observe that nature does not employ two instruments [if] one suffices. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
235:The fire of hell is called eternal, only because it never ends. Still, there is change in the pains of the lost... Hence in hell true eternity does not exist, but rather time. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
236:The highest manifestation of life consists in this: that a being governs its own actions. A thing which is always subject to the direction of another is somewhat of a dead thing. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
237:Beauty adds to goodness a relation to the cognitive faculty: so that "good" means that which simply pleases the appetite; while the "beautiful" is something pleasant to apprehend. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
238:Obedience unites us so closely to God that it in a way transforms us into Him, so that we have no other will but His. If obedience is lacking, even prayer cannot be pleasing to God. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
239:Affirmative precepts are distinguished from negative whenever one is not comprised in the other; thus, that of honoring parents does not comprise that of not killing, and vice versa. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
240:Down in adoration falling, Lo! the sacred Host we hail; Lo! o'er ancient forms departing, Newer rites of grace prevail; Faith for all defects supplying, Where the feeble senses fail. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
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242:There is, therefore, a more perfect intellectual life in the angels. In them the intellect does not proceed to self-knowledge from anything exterior, but knows itself through itself. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
243:Godhead here in hiding, whom I adore Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more, See, Lord, at thy service low lies here a heart Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
244:Thus Angels' Bread is made The Bread of man today: The Living Bread from Heaven With figures doth away: O wondrous gift indeed! The poor and lowly may Upon their Lord and Master feed. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
245:Angels transcend every religion, every philosophy, every creed. In fact Angels have no religion as we know it... Their existence precedes every religious system that has ever existed on Earth. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
246:Baptism is the Sacrament of Faith. Now, dead faith does not suffice for salvation .. .Therefore, the Sacrament of Baptism cannot give salvation to a man whose will ... expels the form of faith. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
247:Every judgement of conscience, be it right or wrong, be it about things evil in themselves or morally indifferent, is obligatory, in such wise that he who acts against his conscience always sins. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
248:Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you. Amen. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
249:Love works in a circle, for the beloved moves the lover by stamping a likeness, and the lover then goes out to hold the beloved inreality. Who first was the beginning now becomes the end of motion. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
250:Anger and the like are attributed to God on account of a similitude of effect. Thus, because to punish is properly the act of an angry man, God's punishment is metaphorically spoken of as His anger. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
251:Sing, my tongue, the Saviour's glory, Of His Flesh, the mystery sing; Of the Blood, all price exceeding, Shed by our Immortal King, Destined, for the world's redemption, From a noble Womb to spring. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
252:It is necessary to posit something which is necessary of itself, and has no cause of its necessity outside of itself but is the cause of necessity in other things. And all people call this thing God. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
253:Peace is the work of justice indirectly, in so far as justice removes the obstacles to peace; but it is the work of charity (love) directly, since charity, according to its very notion, causes peace. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
254:He who is not angry when there is just cause for anger is immoral. Why? Because anger looks to the good of justice. And if you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
255:The truth of our faith becomes a matter of ridicule among the infidels if any Catholic, not gifted with the necessary scientific learning, presents as dogma what scientific scrutiny shows to be false. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
256:Three conditions are necessary for Penance: contrition, which is sorrow for sin, together with a purpose of amendment; confession of sins without any omission; and satisfaction by means of good works. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
257:We set forth our petitions before God, not in order to make known to Him our needs and desires, but rather so that we ourselves may realize that in these things it is necessary to turn to God for help. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
258:Because of the diverse conditions of humans, it happens that some acts are virtuous to some people, as appropriate and suitable to them, while the same acts are immoral for others, as inappropriate to them. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
259:The human race was in need of salvation because of the perversity of sin. For when people who are ill are cured from their illness, they are called "saved." Therefore, the Lord says: "Your faith has saved you. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
260:It is not theft, properly speaking, to take secretly and use another's property in a case of extreme need: because that which he takes for the support of his life becomes his own property by reason of that need ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
261:We ought to cherish the body. Our body's substance is not from an evil principle, as the Manicheans imagine, but from God. And therefore, we ought to cherish the body by the friendship of love, by which we love God. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
262:Since faith rests upon infallible truth, and since the contrary of a truth can never be demonstrated, it is clear that the arguments brought against faith cannot be demonstrations, but are difficulties that can be answered. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
264:The meaning of what is said is according to the motive for saying it: because things are not subject to speech, but speech to things. Therefore we should take account of the motive of the lawgiver, rather than of his very words. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
265:.. the motion of the earth were circular, it would be violent and contrary to nature, and could not be eternal, since ... nothing violent is eternal ... . It follows, therefore, that the earth is not moved with a circular motion. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
266:Man can sin against nature in two ways. First, when he sins against his specific rational nature, acting contrary to reason. In this sense, we can say that every sin is a sin against man's nature, because it is against man's right reason. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
267:The last end of every maker, as such, is himself, for what we make we use for our own sake; and if at any time a man make a thing for the sake of something else, it is referred to his own good, whether his use, his pleasure, or his virtue. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
268:For it is necessary in every practical science to proceed in a composite (i.e. deductive) manner. On the contrary in speculative science, it is necessary to proceed in an analytical manner by breaking down the complex into elementary principles. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
269:As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active power of the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of a woman comes from defect in the active power. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
270:A man should remind himself that an object of faith is not scientifically demonstrable, lest presuming to demonstrate what is of faith, he should produce inconclusive reasons and offer occasion for unbelievers to scoff at a faith based on such ground. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
271:Right faith is of necessity required for Baptism, since it is said: "the justice of God is by faith in Jesus Christ" (Romans 3:22) ... Therefore, Baptism without faith avails nothing and thus we must recall that without faith no one is acceptable to God. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
272:Those who are more adapted to the active life can prepare themselves for contemplation in the practice of the active life, while those who are more adapted to the contemplative life can take upon themselves the works of the active life so as to become yet. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
273:If all the sins of the flesh are worthy of condemnation because by them man allows himself to be dominated by that which he has of the animal nature, much more deserving of condemnation are the sins against nature by which man degrades his own animal nature. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
274:The apostles and their successors are God's vicars in governing the Church which is built on faith and the sacraments of faith. Wherefore, just as they may not institute another Church, so neither may they deliver another faith, nor institute other sacraments. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
275:The image of God always abides in the soul, whether this image be obsolete and clouded over as to amount to almost nothing; or whether it be obscured or disfigured, as is the case with sinners; or whether it be clear and beautiful as is the case with the just. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
276:Now it seems that everything in the world stems from sources other than God, since the products of nature have their source in nature; deliberate effects can be traced back to human reason or will as their source. There is no need then to assume that God exists. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
277:To be united to God in unity of person was not fitting to human flesh, according to its natural endowments, since it was above his dignity; nevertheless, it was fitting that God, by reason of his infinite goodness, should unite it to himself for human salvation. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
278:To restore man, who had been laid low by sin, to the heights of divine glory, the Word of the eternal Father, though containing all things within His immensity, willed to become small. This He did not by putting aside His greatness but by taking to Himself our littleness. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
279:Baptism is not to be conferred on a man who is unwilling to give up his other sins, so neither should Baptism be given to one who is unwilling to renounce his unbelief. Nevertheless, each of them receives the Sacrament if it is conferred on him, although not unto salvation. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
280:The fact that the evil ones, as long as they live, can be corrected from their errors does not prohibit that they may be justly executed, for the danger which threatens from their way of life is greater and more certain than the good which may be expected from their improvement. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
281:In the life of the body a man is sometimes sick, and unless he takes medicine, he will die. Even so in the spiritual life a man is sick on account of sin. For that reason he needs medicine so that he may be restored to health; and this grace is bestowed in the Sacrament of Penance. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
282:For just as the first general precepts of the law of nature are self-evident to one in possession of natural reason, and have no need of promulgation, so also that of believing in God is primary and self-evident to one who has faith: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
283:If someone knows from experience that daily Communion increases fervor without lessening reverence, then let him go every day. But if someone finds that reverence is lessened and devotion not much increased, then let him sometimes abstain, so as to draw near afterwards with better dispositions. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
284:Even as in the blessed in heaven there will be most perfect charity, so in the damned there will be the most perfect hate. Wherefore as the saints will rejoice in all goods, so will the damned grieve for all goods. Consequently the sight of the happiness of the saints will give them very great pain. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
285:If anyone without the right faith receives Baptism outside the Church, he does not receive it unto salvation ... From the comparison of the Church to Paradise, we learn that men can receive her Baptism even outside her fold, but that out there no one can receive or keep the salvation of the blessed. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
286:The world of pure spirits stretches between the divine nature and the world of human beings; because divine wisdom has ordained that the higher should look after the lower, angels execute the divine plan for human salvation: they are our guardians, who free us when hindered and help to bring us home. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
287:It seems that God does not exist; because if one of two contraries be infinite, the other would be altogether destroyed. But the word "God" means that He is infinite goodness. If, therefore, God existed, there would be no evil discoverable; but there is evil in the world. Therefore God does not exist. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
288:They also have at that critical point of death the opportunity to be converted to God through repentance. And if they are so obstinate that even at the point of death their heart does not draw back from malice, it is possible to make a quite probable judgment that they would never come away from evil. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
289:Just as in one man there is one soul and one body, yet many members; even so the Catholic Church is one body, having many members. The soul that quickens this body is the Holy Spirit; and therefore in the Creed after confessing our belief in the Holy Spirit, we are bid to believe in the Holy Catholic Church. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
290:Natural inclinations are present in things from God, who moves all things. So it is impossible for the natural inclinations of a species to be toward evil in itself. But there is in all perfect animals a natural inclination toward carnal union. Therefore it is impossible for carnal union to be evil in itself. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
291:Just as a man cannot live in the flesh unless he is born in the flesh, even so a man cannot have the spiritual life of grace unless he is born again spiritually. This regeneration is effected by Baptism: "Unless a man is born again of water and the Holy Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (Jn 3:5) ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
292:The perfection of the effect demonstrates the perfection of the cause, for a greater power brings about a more perfect effect. But God is the most perfect agent. Therefore, things created by Him obtain perfection from Him. So, to detract from the perfection of creatures is to detract from the perfection of divine power. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
293:A person is disposed to an act of choice by an angel ... in two ways. Sometimes, a man's understanding is enlightened by an angel to know what is good, but it is not instructed as to the reason why ... But sometimes he is instructed by angelic illumination, both that this act is good and as to the reason why it is good. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
294:Without doubt one is allowed to resist against the unjust aggressor to one's life, one's goods or one's physical integrity; sometimes, even 'til the aggressor's death... In fact, this act is aimed at preserving one's life or one's goods and to make the aggressor powerless. Thus, it is a good act, which is the right of the victim. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
295:Future contingents cannot be certain to us, because we know them as such. They can be certain only to God whose understanding is in eternity above time. Just as a man going along a road does not see those who come after him; but the man who sees the whole road from a height sees all those who are going along the road at the same time. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
296:Even as he would be guilty of falsehood who would, in the name of another person, proffer things that are not committed to him, so too does a man incur the guilt of falsehood who, on the part of the Church, gives worship to God contrary to the manner established by the Church or divine authority, and according to ecclesiastical custom. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
297:Whatever a man has in superabundance is owed, of natural right, to the poor for their sustenance. So Ambrosius says, and it is also to be found in the Decretum Gratiani: The bread which you withhold belongs to the hungry: the clothing you shut away, to the naked: and the money you bury in the earth is the redemption and freedom of the penniless. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
298:Whatever was in the human nature of Christ was moved at the bidding of the divine will; yet it does not follow that in Christ there was no movement of the will proper to human nature, for the good wills of other saints are moved by God's will... For although the will cannot be inwardly moved by any creature, yet it can be moved inwardly by God. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
299:Charity is not a potency of the soul, because if it were it would be natural. Nor is it a passion, because it is not in a sensitive potency in which are all passions. Nor is it a habit, because a habit is removed with difficulty; charity, however, is easily lost through one act of mortal sin. Therefore charity is not something created in the soul. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
300:Secondly, man sins against nature when he goes against his generic nature, that is to say, his animal nature. Now, it is evident that, in accord with natural order, the union of the sexes among animals is ordered towards conception. From this it follows that every sexual intercourse that cannot lead to conception is opposed to man's animal nature. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
301:The magnitude of the punishment matches the magnitude of the sin. Now a sin that is against God is infinite; the higher the person against whom it is committed, the graver the sin-it is more criminal to strike a head of state than a private citizen-and God is of infinite greatness. Therefore an infinite punishment is deserved for a sin committed against Him. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
302:One day when Thomas Aquinas was preaching to the local populace on the love of God, he saw an old woman listening attentively to his every word. And inspired by her eagerness to learn more about her God whom she loved so dearly, he said to the people: It is better to be this unlearned woman, loving God with all her heart, than the most learned theologian lacking love. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
303:It is altogether unlawful to kill oneself... Wherefore suicide is contrary to the inclination of nature, and to charity whereby every man should love himself... Life is God's gift to man, and is subject to His power, Who kills and makes to live. Hence whoever takes his own life, sins against God... for it belongs to God alone to pronounce sentence of death and life. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
304:Good and evil are essential differences of the act of the will. For good and evil pertain essentially to the will; just as truth and falsehood pertain to the reason, the act of which is distinguished essentially by the difference of truth and falsehood (according as we say that an opinion is true or false.) Consequently, good and evil volition are acts differing in species. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
305:Pain itself can be pleasurable accidentally in so far as it is accompanied by wonder, as in stage-plays; or in so far as it recalls a beloved object to one's memory, and makes one feel one's love for the thing, whose absence gives us pain. Consequently, since love is pleasant, both pain and whatever else results from love, in so far as they remind us of our love, are pleasant. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
306:If you seek patience, you will find no better example than the cross. Great patience occurs in two ways: either when one patiently suffers much, or when one suffers things which one is able to avoid and yet does not avoid. Christ endured much on the cross, and did so patiently, because when he suffered he did not threaten; he was led like a sheep to the slaughter and he did not open his mouth. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
307:The greater the charity of the Saints in their heavenly home, the more they intercede for those who are still on their journey and the more they can help them by their prayers; the more they are united with God, the more effective those prayers are. This is in accordance with Divine order, which makes higher things react upon lower things, like the brightness of the sun filling the atmosphere. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
308:Give us, O Lord, a steadfast heart, which no unworthy affection may drag downwards; give us an unconquered heart, which no tribulation can wear out; give us an upright heart, which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside. Bestow upon us also, O Lord our God, understanding to know you, diligence to seek you, wisdom to find you, and a faithfulness that may finally embrace you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
309:What can be accomplished by a few principles is not effected by many. But it seems that everything we see in the world can be accounted for by other principles, supposing God did not exist. For all natural things can be reduced to one principle, which is nature, and all voluntary things can be reduced to one principle, which is human reason, or will. Therefore there is no need to suppose God's existence. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
310:Given the sin of impiety through which they [the Romans] sinned against the divine nature [by idolatry], the punishment that led them to sin against their own nature followed... . I say, therefore, that since they changed into lies [by idolatry] the truth about God, He brought them to ignominious passions, that is, to sins against nature; not that God led them to evil, but only that he abandoned them to evil. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
311:For creation is not a change, but that dependence of the created existence on the principle from which it is instituted, and thus is of the genus of relation; whence nothing prohibits it being in the created as in the subject. Creation is thus said to be a kind of change, according to the way of understanding, insofar as our intellect accepts one and the same thing as not existing before and afterwards existing. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
312:It would seem that the ingratitude, whereby a subsequent sin causes the return of sins previously forgiven, is a special sin. For, the giving of thanks belongs to counter passion, which is a necessary condition of justice. But justice is a special virtue. Therefore this ingratitude is a special sin. Thanksgiving is a special virtue. But ingratitude is opposed to thanksgiving. Therefore ingratitude is a special sin. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
313:It must be understood that prime matter, and form as well, is neither generated nor corrupted, because every generation is from something to something. Now that from which generation proceeds is matter, and that to which it proceeds is form. So that, if matter or form were generated, there would be a matter for matter and a form for form, endlessly. Whence, there is generation only of the composite, properly speaking. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
314:One faith, St. Paul writes (Eph. 4:5). Hold most firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church ... We must hold this for certain, namely: that the faith of the people at the present day is one with the faith of the people in past centuries. Were this not true, then we would be in a different church than they were in and, literally, the Church would not be One. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
315:... [sacred] doctrine is especially based upon arguments from authority, inasmuch as its principles are obtained by revelation: thus we ought to believe on the authority of those to whom the revelation has been made. Nor does this take away from the dignity of this doctrine, for although the argument from authority based on human reason is the weakest, yet the argument from authority based on divine revelation is the strongest. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
316:Because the divine goodness could not be adequately represented by one creature alone, God produced many and diverse creatures, that what was wanting in one in the representation of the divine goodness might be supplied by another. For goodness, which in God is simple and uniform, in creatures is manifold and divided.  Thus the whole universe together participates in the divine goodness more perfectly and represents it better than any single creature. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
317:[It is appropriate that the Body and Blood of Christ be truly present in this Sacrament] because of the perfection of the New Covenant. The sacrifices of the Old Covenant contained the true sacrifice of Christ's Passion only in symbol... .Therefore it was necessary that the sacrifice of the New Covenant, instituted by Christ, have something more, namely, that it contain Christ Himself who has suffered and contain Him not only in symbol but in reality. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
318:If there were some solitary or feral man, the passions of the soul would be sufficient for him; by them he would be conformed to things in order that he might have knowledge of them. But because man is naturally political and social, there is need for one man to make his conceptions known to others, which is done with speech. So significant speech was needed if men were to live together. Which is why those of different tongues do not easily live together. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
319:Just as in a physical body the operation of one member contributes to the good of the whole body, so it is in a spiritual body such as the Church. And since all the faithful are one body, the good of one member is communicated to another; everyone members, as the Apostle says, of one another [Eph 4:25]. For that reason, among the points of faith handed down by the Apostles, is that there is a community of goods in the Church, and this is expressed in the words Communion of Saints. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
320:It is due to neither impotence nor ignorance on God’s part that evils occur in the world, but it is owing to the order of his wisdom and to the greatness of his goodness, whence come the many and divers grades of goodness in things, many of which would be lacking were he to allow no evil to exist. Thus there would be no good of patience without the evil of persecution, nor the good of the preservation of its life in a lion, without the evil of the destruction of the animals on which it lives. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
321:The Sacrament of the Body of the Lord puts the demons to flight, defends us against the incentives to vice and to concupiscence, cleanses the soul from sin, quiets the anger of God, enlightens the understanding to know God, inflames the will and the affections with the love of God, fills the memory with spiritual sweetness, confirms the entire man in good, frees us from eternal death, multiplies the merits of a good life, leads us to our everlasting home, and re-animates the body to eternal life ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
322:Commemoration of Gilbert of Sempringham, Founder of the Gilbertine Order, 1189 Some there are who presume so far on their wits that they think themselves capable of measuring the whole nature of things by their intellect, in that they esteem all things true which they see, and false which they see not. Accordingly, in order that man's mind might be freed from this presumption, and seek the truth humbly, it was necessary that certain things far surpassing his intellect should be proposed to man by God. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
323:Evil denotes the lack of good. Not every absence of good is an evil, for absence may be taken either in a purely negative or in aprivative sense. Mere negation does not display the character of evil, otherwise nonexistents would be evil and moreover, a thing would be evil for not possessing the goodness of something else, which would mean that man is bad for not having the strength of a lion or the speed of a wild goat. But what is evil is privation; in this sense blindness means the privation of sight. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
324:Behold our refutation of the error. It is not based on documents of faith, but on the reasons and statements of the philosophers themselves. If then anyone there be who, boastfully taking pride in his supposed wisdom, wishes to challenge what we have written, let him not do it in some corner nor before children who are powerless to decide on such difficult matters. Let him reply openly if he dare. He shall find me there confronting him, and not only my negligible self, but many another whose study is truth. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
325:It may well happen that what is in itself the more certain on account of the weakness of our intelligence, which is dazzled by the clearest objects of nature; as the owl is dazzled by the light of the sun. Hence the fact that some happen to doubt about articles of faith is not due to the uncertain nature of the truths, but to the weakness of human intelligence; yet the slenderest knowledge that may be obtained of the highest things is more desirable than the most certain knowledge obtained of lesser things. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
326:Sacred Scripture, since it has no science above itself, can dispute with one who denies its principles only if the opponent admits some at least of the truths obtained through divine revelation; thus we can argue with heretics from texts in Holy Writ, and against those who deny one article of faith we can argue from another. If our opponent believes nothing of divine revelation, there is no longer any means of proving the articles of faith by reasoning, but only of answering his objections - if he has any - against faith. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
327:Suppose a person entering a house were to feel heat on the porch, and going further, were to feel the heat increasing, the more they penetrated within. Doubtless, such a person would believe there was a fire in the house, even though they did not see the fire that must be causing all this heat. A similar thing will happen to anyone who considers this world in detail: one will observe that all things are arranged according to their degrees of beauty and excellence, and that the nearer they are to God, the more beautiful and better they are. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
328:Without the suitable conditions life could not exist. But both life and its conditions set forth the operations of inscrutable Power. We know not its origin; we know not its end. And the presumption, if not the degradation, rests with those who place upon the throne of the universe a magnified image of themselves, and make its doings a mere colossal imitation of their own. Wonder was the motive that led people to philosophy ... wonder is a kind of desire in knowledge. It is the cause of delight because it carries with it the hope of discovery. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
329:He (Mohammed) seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh urges us. His teaching also contained precepts that were in conformity with his promises, and he gave free rein to carnal pleasure. In all this, as is not unexpected; he was obeyed by carnal men. As for proofs of the truth of his doctrine, he brought forward only such as could be grasped by the natural ability of anyone with a very modest wisdom. Indeed, the truths that he taught he mingled with many fables and with doctrines of the greatest falsity. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
330:In questions of this sort there are two things to be observed. First, that the truth of the Scriptures be inviolably maintained. Secondly, since Scripture doth admit of diverse interpretations, that no one cling to any particular exposition with such pertinacity that, if what he supposed to be the teaching of Scripture should afterward turn out to be clearly false, he should nevertheless still presume to put it forward, lest thereby the sacred Scriptures should be exposed to the derision of unbelievers and the way of salvation should be closed to them. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
331:The Church has ever proved indestructible. Her persecutors have failed to destroy her; in fact, it was during times of persecution that the Church grew more and more; while the persecutors themselves, and those whom the Church would destroy, are the very ones who came to nothing. . . .Again, errors have assailed her; but in fact, the greater the number of errors that have arisen, the more has the truth been made manifest. . . . Nor has the Church failed before the assaults of demons: for she is like a tower of refuge to all who fight against the Devil. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
332:Wonder [admiratio astonishment, marvel] is a kind of desire for knowledge. The situation arises when one sees an effect and does not know its cause, or when the cause of the particular effect is one that exceeds his power of understanding. Hence, wonder is a cause of pleasure insofar as there is annexed the hope of attaining understanding of that which one wants to know. ... For desire is especially aroused by the awareness of ignorance, and consequently a man takes the greatest pleasure in those things which he discovers for himself or learns from the ground up. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
333:Reasoning is compared to understanding as movement is to rest, or acquisition to possession... . Since movement always proceeds from something immovable, and ends in something at rest, hence it is that human reasoning, in the order of inquiry and discovery, proceeds from certain things absolutely understood&

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1:My ideas are my whores. ~ Denis Diderot,
2:There are cats and cats. ~ Denis Diderot,
3:Mis ideas son mis rameras ~ Denis Diderot,
4:Only the bad man is alone. ~ Denis Diderot,
5:You have to make it happen. ~ Denis Diderot,
6:How easy it is to tell tales! ~ Denis Diderot,
7:The world is the house of the strong. ~ Denis Diderot,
8:All children are essentially criminal. ~ Denis Diderot,
9:For me, my thoughts are my prostitutes. ~ Denis Diderot,
10:Life is but a series of misunderstandings. ~ Denis Diderot,
11:Scepticism is the first step toward truth. ~ Denis Diderot,
12:Un despote ne doit pas obtenir du crédit". ~ Denis Diderot,
13:Distance is a great promoter of admiration. ~ Denis Diderot,
14:Scepticism is the first step towards truth. ~ Denis Diderot,
15:There is only one duty; that is to be happy. ~ Denis Diderot,
16:People stop thinking when they cease to read. ~ Denis Diderot,
17:Une danse est un poe' me. A dance is a poem. ~ Denis Diderot,
18:From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step. ~ Denis Diderot,
19:Bizim kadar budala olmayanları akıllı saymayız. ~ Denis Diderot,
20:Does anyone really know where they're going to? ~ Denis Diderot,
21:Good music is very close to primitive language. ~ Denis Diderot,
22:Integrity is the evidence of all civil virtues. ~ Denis Diderot,
23:And his hands would plait the priest's entrails, ~ Denis Diderot,
24:Fanaticism is just one step away from barbarism. ~ Denis Diderot,
25:The first step towards philosophy is incredulity. ~ Denis Diderot,
26:Superstition is more injurious to God than atheism. ~ Denis Diderot,
27:The best doctor is the one you run to and can't find. ~ Denis Diderot,
28:The best mannered people make the most absurd lovers. ~ Denis Diderot,
29:There is only one passion, the passion for happiness. ~ Denis Diderot,
30:Passions destroy more prejudices than philosophy does. ~ Denis Diderot,
31:I can be expected to look for truth but not to find it. ~ Denis Diderot,
32:Ignorance is less remote from the truth than prejudice. ~ Denis Diderot,
33:Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophy. ~ Denis Diderot,
34:Happiest are the people who give most happiness to others ~ Denis Diderot,
35:Happiest are the people who give most happiness to others. ~ Denis Diderot,
36:La superstition est plus injurieuse à Dieu que l'athéisme. ~ Denis Diderot,
37:He whom we call a gentleman is no longer the man of Nature. ~ Denis Diderot,
UOMINI MEDIOCRI... ~ Denis Diderot,
39:If you want me to believe in God, you must make me touch him. ~ Denis Diderot,
40:Niczego równie trudno nie przebacza się komuś, co jego zalet. ~ Denis Diderot,
41:Time, matter, space - all, it may be, are no more than a point. ~ Denis Diderot,
42:Evil always turns up in this world through some genius or other. ~ Denis Diderot,
43:Give, but, if possible, spare the poor man the shame of begging. ~ Denis Diderot,
44:Two qualities essential for the artist: moralityand perspective. ~ Denis Diderot,
45:You risk just as much in being credulous as in being suspicious. ~ Denis Diderot,
46:Gratitude is a burden, and every burden is made to be shaken off. ~ Denis Diderot,
47:Najsretniji je onaj čovjek koji je učinio sretnima najviše ljudi. ~ Denis Diderot,
48:Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild. ~ Denis Diderot,
49:Se me debe exigir que busque la verdad, pero no que la encuentre. ~ Denis Diderot,
50:(...) a ja nie lubię kłamstwa, chyba że jest użyteczne i nieodzowne. ~ Denis Diderot,
51:Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things. ~ Denis Diderot,
52:Pithy sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory. ~ Denis Diderot,
53:There is no good father who would want to resemble our Heavenly Father. ~ Denis Diderot,
54:Only God and some few rare geniuses can keep forging ahead into novelty. ~ Denis Diderot,
55:The blood of Jesus Christ can cover a multitude of sins, it seems to me. ~ Denis Diderot,
56:Those who fear the facts will forever try to discredit the fact-finders. ~ Denis Diderot,
57:What a fine comedy this world would be if one did not play a part in it. ~ Denis Diderot,
58:Mind what you do; if you deceive me once I shall never believe you again. ~ Denis Diderot,
59:All abstract sciences are nothing but the study of relations between signs. ~ Denis Diderot,
60:One swallows the lie that flatters, but sips the bitter truth drop by drop. ~ Denis Diderot,
61:Philosophy is as far separated from impiety as religion is from fanaticism. ~ Denis Diderot,
62:It is better to reveal a weakness than allow oneself be suspected of a vice. ~ Denis Diderot,
63:One may demand of me that I should seek truth, but not that I should find it ~ Denis Diderot,
64:If you disturb the colors of the rainbow, the rainbow is no longer beautiful. ~ Denis Diderot,
65:No man has received from nature the right to command his fellow human beings. ~ Denis Diderot,
66:One may demand of me that I should seek truth, but not that I should find it. ~ Denis Diderot,
67:There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it. ~ Denis Diderot,
68:We are far more liable to catch the vices than the virtues of our associates. ~ Denis Diderot,
69:Isn't it better to have men being ungrateful than to miss a chance to do good? ~ Denis Diderot,
70:When we know to read our own hearts, we acquire wisdom of the heartsof others. ~ Denis Diderot,
71:In order to get as much fame as one's father one has to much more able than he. ~ Denis Diderot,
72:Posterity for the philosopher is what the other world is for the religious man. ~ Denis Diderot,
73:When we know to read our own hearts, we acquire wisdom of the hearts of others. ~ Denis Diderot,
74:My friend, you should blow out your candle in order to find your way more clearly. ~ Denis Diderot,
75:What is a monster? A being whose survival is incompatible with the existing order. ~ Denis Diderot,
76:Nikt bardziej nie lubi mówić niż jąkały, nikt bardziej nie lubi chodzić niż chromi. ~ Denis Diderot,
77:It is not human nature we should accuse but the despicable conventions that pervert it. ~ Denis Diderot,
78:In general, children, like men, and men, like children, prefer entertainment to education. ~ Denis Diderot,
79:Omul nu va fi liber până când ultimul rege va fi spânzurat cu intestinele ultimului preot. ~ Denis Diderot,
80:One composition is meagre, though it has many figures; another is rich, though it has few. ~ Denis Diderot,
81:Our truest opinions are not those we never change, but those to which we most often return. ~ Denis Diderot,
82:To prove the Gospels by a miracle is to prove an absurdity by something contrary to nature. ~ Denis Diderot,
83:Gaiety is a quality of ordinary men. Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine. ~ Denis Diderot,
84:I have not the hope of being immortal, because the desire of it has not given me that vanity. ~ Denis Diderot,
85:It was ordained that you would have the title to the thing and I would have the thing itself. ~ Denis Diderot,
86:Justice is the first virtue of those who command, and stops the complaints of those who obey. ~ Denis Diderot,
87:Ludzie, którzy coś powtarzają dwa razy, to głupcy mający za głupców tych, którzy ich słuchają ~ Denis Diderot,
88:Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. ~ Denis Diderot,
89:Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. ~ Denis Diderot,
90:The man who first pronounced the barbarous word God ought to have been immediately destroyed. ~ Denis Diderot,
91:There is less harm to be suffered in being mad among madmen than in being sane all by oneself. ~ Denis Diderot,
92:Engullimos de un sorbo la mentira que nos adula y bebemos gota a gota la verdad que nos amarga. ~ Denis Diderot,
93:There's a bit of testicle at the bottom of our most sublime feelings and our purest tenderness. ~ Denis Diderot,
94:Oh! how near are genius and madness! Men imprison them and chain them, or raise statues to them. ~ Denis Diderot,
95:There is no true sovereign except the nation; there can be no true legislator except the people. ~ Denis Diderot,
96:Le public ne sait pas toujours de sirer le vrai. Thepublicdoesnot alwaysknowhow todesirethetruth. ~ Denis Diderot,
97:The pit of a theatre is the one place where the tears of virtuous and wicked men alike are mingled. ~ Denis Diderot,
98:It has been said that love robs those who have it of their wit, and gives it to those who have none. ~ Denis Diderot,
99:It is very important not to mistake hemlock for parsley; but not at all so to believe or not in God. ~ Denis Diderot,
100:The God of the Christians is a father who makes much of his apples, and very little of his children. ~ Denis Diderot,
101:Whether God exists or does not exist, He has come to rank among the most sublime and useless truths. ~ Denis Diderot,
102:And he added that prudence in no way assured us of success but consoled us and excused us in failure. ~ Denis Diderot,
103:The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers. ~ Denis Diderot,
104:A thing is not proved because no one has ever questioned it... Skepticism is the first step toward truth. ~ Denis Diderot,
105:We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter. ~ Denis Diderot,
106:You can be sure that a painter reveals himself in his work as much as and more than a writer does in his. ~ Denis Diderot,
107:There is no kind of harassment that a man may not inflict on a woman with impunity in civilized societies. ~ Denis Diderot,
108:We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter. ~ Denis Diderot,
109:We swallow with one gulp the lie that flatters us, and drink drop by drop the truth which is bitter to us. ~ Denis Diderot,
110:Jacques said that his master said that everything good or evil we encounter here below was written on high. ~ Denis Diderot,
111:Do you see this egg? With this you can topple every theological theory, every church or temple in the world. ~ Denis Diderot,
112:First move me, astonish me, break my heart, let me tremble, weep, stare, be enraged-only then regale my eyes. ~ Denis Diderot,
113:All things must be examined, debated, investigated without exception and without regard for anyone's feelings. ~ Denis Diderot,
114:Shakespeare's fault is not the greatest into which a poet may fall. It merely indicates a deficiency of taste. ~ Denis Diderot,
115:If it became customary to go out into the street stark naked I should not be the first nor the last to conform. ~ Denis Diderot,
116: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,
117:Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it. ~ Denis Diderot,
118:The decisions of law courts should never be printed: in the long run, they form a counter authority to the law. ~ Denis Diderot,
119:Nous aimons, sans nous en douter, tout ce qui nous livre à nos penchants, nous séduit et excuse notre faiblesse. ~ Denis Diderot,
120:The enjoyment of freedom which could be exercised without any motivation would be the real hallmark of a maniac. ~ Denis Diderot,
121:Il (l'homme) ne te donnera jamais que ce qui ne lui est bon à rien, et te demandera toujours ce qui lui est utile. ~ Denis Diderot,
122:The Christian religion teaches us to imitate a God that is cruel, insidious, jealous, and implacable in his wrath. ~ Denis Diderot,
123:Master, master, you obviously haven’t thought about this at all. We only ever feel sorry for ourselves, believe me. ~ Denis Diderot,
124: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,
125:I feel, I think, I judge; therefore, a part of organized matter like me is capable of feeling, thinking, and judging. ~ Denis Diderot,
126: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,
127: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,
128:The general interest of the masses might take the place of the insight of genius if it were allowed freedom of action. ~ Denis Diderot,
129:Doctors are always working to preserve our health and cooks to destroy it, but the latter are the more often successful. ~ Denis Diderot,
130:The infant runs toward it with its eyes closed, the adult is stationary, the old man approaches it with his back turned. ~ Denis Diderot,
131:What has not been examined impartially has not been well examined. Skepticism is therefore the first step towards truth. ~ Denis Diderot,
132:Los lubi chodzić krętymi drogami. Obwiniamy go w pierwszej chwili, że skłamał, z czasem zaś okazuje się, że mówił prawdę. ~ Denis Diderot,
133:Monsignor…you are asking whether I promise God chastity, poverty, and obedience. I heard what you said and my answer is no ~ Denis Diderot,
134:I have only a small flickering light to guide me in the darkness of a thick forest. Up comes a theologian and blows it out. ~ Denis Diderot,
135: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,
136:A nation which thinks that it is belief in God and not good law which makes people honest does not seem to me very advanced. ~ Denis Diderot,
137:...qui siedo sempre come un maestoso cazzo fra duoi coglioni. [...I always sit here like a majestic prick between two balls.] ~ Denis Diderot,
138:There is only one virtue, justice; only one duty, to be happy; only one corollary, not to overvalue life and not to fear death. ~ Denis Diderot,
139: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,
140:Instinct guides the animal better than the man. In the animal it is pure, in man it is led astray by his reason and intelligence. ~ Denis Diderot,
141:Which is the greater merit, to enlighten the human race, which remains forever, or to save one's fatherland, which is perishable? ~ Denis Diderot,
142:It is raining bombs on the house of the Lord. I go in fear and trembling lest one of these terrible bombers gets into difficulties. ~ Denis Diderot,
143:The best order of things, as I see it, is the one that includes me; to hell with the most perfect of worlds, if I'm not part of it. ~ Denis Diderot,
144:First of all move me, surprise me, rend my heart; make me tremble, weep, shudder; outrage me; delight my eyes afterwards if you can. ~ Denis Diderot,
145:How many wisely conceived projects have failed and will fail in the future! How many insane projects have succeeded and will succeed! ~ Denis Diderot,
146:If ever anybody dedicated his whole life to the "enthusiasm for truth and justice" using this phrase in the good sense it was Diderot. ~ Denis Diderot,
147: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,
148:Anyone who takes it upon himself, on his private authority, to break a bad law, thereby authorizes everyone else to break the good ones. ~ Denis Diderot,
149:Rendre la vertu aimable, le vice odieux, le ridicule saillant. Voilà le projet de tout homme qui prend la plume, le pinceau et le ciseau. ~ Denis Diderot,
150:The bad gives rise to the good, the good inspires the better, the better produces the excellent, the excellent is followed by the bizarre ~ Denis Diderot,
151: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,
152:If a misplaced admiration shows imbecility, an affected criticism shows vice of character. Expose thyself rather to appear a beast than false. ~ Denis Diderot,
153:Nothing is duller than a progression of common chords. One wants some contrast, which breaks up the clear white light and makes it iridescent. ~ Denis Diderot,
154: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,
155:If there are one hundred thousand damned souls for one saved soul, the devil has always the advantage without having given up his son to death. ~ Denis Diderot,
156:La poe sie veutquelque chose d'e norme, debarbare et de sauvage. Poetry needs something on the scale of the grand, the barbarous, the savage. ~ Denis Diderot,
157:To say that man is a compound of strength and weakness, light and darkness, smallness and greatness, is not to indict him, it is to define him. ~ Denis Diderot,
158: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,
159:The first step towards philosophy is incredulity. ~ Denis Diderot, Last Conversation. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 596-97.,
160:At an early age I sucked up the milk of Homer, Virgil, Horace, Terence, Anacreon, Plato and Euripides, diluted with that of Moses and the prophets. ~ Denis Diderot,
161: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,
162:Nie lubię mówić o żyjących; zawsze się człowiek musi rumienić za to, co o nich powie dobrego czy złego: dobrego, które popsują, złego, które naprawią. ~ Denis Diderot,
163: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,
164:The most dangerous madmen are those created by religion, and people whose aim is to disrupt society always know how to make good use of them on occasion. ~ Denis Diderot,
165: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. ~ Denis Diderot,
166: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,
167:The most dangerous madmen are those created by religion, and ... people whose aim is to disrupt society always know how to make good use of them on occasion. ~ Denis Diderot,
168:One cannot get rid of a good education, nor, unfortunately, of a bad one, which often is such because one has not wanted to defray the expenses of a good one. ~ Denis Diderot,
169:We are constantly railing against the passions; we ascribe to them all of man's afflictions, and we forget that they are also the source of all his pleasures. ~ Denis Diderot,
170:Nie wiem, co to zasady, chyba że tak nazywamy prawidła, które przypisuje się innym, a nie sobie. Myślę tak, a nie umiałbym się powstrzymać od czynienia inaczej. ~ Denis Diderot,
171:Si en este mundo no se dice casi nada que sea escuchado como debiera, hay algo mucho peor, y es que no se hace casi nada que sea juzgado tal y como se ha hecho. ~ Denis Diderot,
172:No matter how much a man may study, reflect and meditate on all the books in the world, he is nothing more than a minor scribe unless he has read the great book. ~ Denis Diderot,
173:When one compares the talents one has with those of a Leibniz , one is tempted to throw away one's books and go die quietly in the dark of some forgotten corner. ~ Denis Diderot,
174:- Prawda ma swoje strony uderzające, które się chwyta, gdy się ma talent.
- Tak, gdy się ma talent. Ale gdy ktoś nie ma?
- Gdy nie ma, nie powinien pisać. ~ Denis Diderot,
175:Whatever dressing one gives to mushrooms, to whatever sauces our Apiciuses put them, they are not really good but to be sent back to the dungheap where they are born. ~ Denis Diderot,
176:Drogi panie, życie upływa na samych qui pro quo! Są qui pro quo miłości, qui pro quo przyjaźni, qui pro quo polityki, finansów, Kościoła, urzędu, handlu, żon, mężów... ~ Denis Diderot,
177: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,
178:Mankind have banned the Divinity from their presence; they have relegated him to a sanctuary; the walls of the temple restrict his view; he does not exist outside of it. ~ Denis Diderot,
179: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,
180:But how do you know that the whole world hasn't its meninges, or that there isn't a big or little spider living in some corner of space with threads extending everywhere? ~ Denis Diderot,
181: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,
182: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,
183: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. ~ Denis Diderot,
184: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,
185:If one of them appears in company, he's a grain of yeast which ferments and gives back to everyone some part of his natural individuality. He shakes things up. He agitates us. ~ Denis Diderot,
186:The wisest among us is very lucky never to have met the woman, be she beautiful or ugly, intelligent or stupid, who could drive him crazy enough to be fit to be put into an asylum. ~ Denis Diderot,
187: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? ~ Denis Diderot,
188:Are we not madder than those first inhabitants of the plain of Sennar? We know that the distance separating the earth from the sky is infinite, and yet we do not stop building our tower. ~ Denis Diderot,
189:There are two public prosecutors, and one of them is at your door, punishing crimes against society; the other is nature herself. She is familiar with all those vices that escape the law. ~ Denis Diderot,
190: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,
191: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,
192:I am wholly yours - you are everything to me; we will sustain each other in all the ills of life it may please fate to inflict upon us; you will soothe my troubles; I will comfort you in yours. ~ Denis Diderot,
193:Tous les jours on couche avec des femmes qu'on n'aime pas, et l'on ne couche pas avec des femmes qu'on aime. Every day we sleep with women we do not love and don't sleep with the women we do love. ~ Denis Diderot,
194: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,
195:[L]e philosophe n'a jamais tué de prêtres et le prêtre a tué beaucoup de philosophes...

(The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers.) ~ Denis Diderot,
196:I discuss with myself questions of politics, love, taste, or philosophy. I let my mind rove wantonly, give it free rein to followany idea, wise or mad that may present itself. My ideas are my harlots. ~ Denis Diderot,
197:Now look, my friend, if you come to think it out you will find that in all things our real opinion is not the one from which we have never wavered, but the one to which we have most regularly returned. ~ Denis Diderot,
198:You are going to say that I am amusing myself and that because I do not know what to do with my two travellers any more, I am throwing myself into allegory, which is the usual recourse of sterile minds. ~ Denis Diderot,
199:Comment s’étaient-ils rencontrés ? Par hasard, comme tout le monde. Comment s’appelaient-ils ? Que vous importe ? D’où venaient-ils ? Du lieu le plus prochain. Où allaient-ils ? Est-ce que l’on sait où l’on va ? ~ Denis Diderot,
200:How had they met? By chance, like everybody else. What were there names? What's it to you? Where were they coming from? From the nearest place. Where were they going? Does anyone really know where they're going? ~ Denis Diderot,
201:No man has received from nature the right to give orders to others. Freedom is a gift from heaven, and every individual of the same species has the right to enjoy it as soon as he is in enjoyment of his reason. ~ Denis Diderot,
202:The world is the house of the strong. I shall not know until the end what I have lost or won in this place, in this vast gambling den where I have spent more than sixty years, dice box in hand, shaking the dice. ~ Denis Diderot,
203:Tout a son vrai loyer dans ce monde. Il y a deux procureurs généraux, l'un à votre porte qui châtie les délits contre la société; la nature est l'autre. Celle-ci connaît de tous les vices qui échappent aux lois. ~ Denis Diderot,
204:If your little savage were left to himself and be allowed to retain all his ignorance, he would in time join the infant's reasoning to the grown man's passion, he would strangle his father and sleep with his mother. ~ Denis Diderot,
205:If to be great means to be good, then Denis Diderot was a little man. But if to be great means to do great things in the teeth of great obstacles, then none can refuse him a place in the temple of the Immortals. ~ Evelyn Beatrice Hall,
206: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,
207: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,
208:If the weather is too cold or rainy, I take shelter in the Regence Cafe, where I entertain myself by watching chess being played. Paris is the world center, and this cafe is the Paris centre for the finest skill at this game. ~ Denis Diderot,
209:They mistake the first manifestations of a developing sexual nature for the voice of God calling them to Himself; and it is precisely when nature is inciting them that they embrace a fashion of life contrary to nature's wish. ~ Denis Diderot,
210: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. ~ Denis Diderot,
211:Wandering in a vast forest at night, I have only a faint light to guide me. A stranger appears and says to me: 'My friend, you should blow out your candle in order to find your way more clearly.' This stranger is a theologian. ~ Denis Diderot,
212:There is not a Musselman alive who would not imagine that he was performing an action pleasing to God and his Holy Prophet by exterminating every Christian on earth, while the Christians are scarcely more tolerant on their side. ~ Denis Diderot,
213:Ne pourrait−on pas dire que toutes les religions du monde ne sont que des sectes de la religion naturelle, et que les juifs, les chrétiens, les musulmans, les païens même ne sont que des naturalistes hérétiques et schismatiques ? ~ Denis Diderot,
214:Even if Aristotle was not an atheist in the sense that he directly and openly attacked the divine . . . one could say that he was one in a broader sense, because his ideas on divinity indirectly tend to undermine it and destroy it. ~ Denis Diderot,
215:Gentleness and peacefulness regulate our proceedings; theirs are dictated by fury. We employ reason, they accumulate faggots. They preach nothing but love, and breathe nothing but blood. Their words are humane, but their hearts are cruel. ~ Denis Diderot,
216:En ge ne ral, plus un peuple est civilise , poli, moins ses moeurs sont poe tiques; tout s'affaiblit en s'adoucissant. Ingeneral, themore civilized and refinedthepeople, the less poetic are its morals; everything weakens as it mellows. ~ Denis Diderot,
217:Il ne faut point donner d'esprit a' ses personnages; mais savoir les placer dans des circonstances qui leur en donnent. You should not give wit to your characters, but know instead how to put them in situations which will make them witty. ~ Denis Diderot,
218:In any country where talent and virtue produce no advancement, money will be the national god. Its inhabitants will either have to possess money or make others believe that they do. Wealth will be the highest virtue, poverty the greatest vice. ~ Denis Diderot,
219:Man was born to live with his fellow human beings. Separate him, isolate him, his character will go bad, a thousand ridiculous affects will invade his heart, extravagant thoughts will germinate in his brain, like thorns in an uncultivated land. ~ Denis Diderot,
220:A thing is not proved just because no one has ever questioned it. What has never been gone into impartially has never been properly gone into. Hence scepticism is the first step toward truth. It must be applied generally, because it is the touchstone. ~ Denis Diderot,
221:The good of the people must be the great purpose of government. By the laws of nature and of reason, the governors are invested with power to that end. And the greatest good of the people is liberty. It is to the state what health is to the individual. ~ Denis Diderot,
222:To speak to you frankly, Reader, I find that you are the more wicked of the two of us. How satisfied would I be if it were as easy for me to protect myself from your calumny as it is for you to protect yourself from the boredom or the danger of my work! ~ Denis Diderot,
223:Because, without knowing what is written up above, none of us knows what we want or what we are doing, and we follow our whims which we call reason, or our reason which is often nothing but a dangerous whim which sometimes turns out well, sometimes badly. ~ Denis Diderot,
224: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,
225:When shall we see poets born? After a time of disasters and great misfortunes, when harrowed nations begin to breathe again. And then, shaken by the terror of such spectacles, imaginations will paint things entirely strange to those who have not witnessed them. ~ Denis Diderot,
226: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. ~ Denis Diderot,
227:If reason be a gift of Heaven, and we can say as much of faith, Heaven has certainly made us two gifts not only incompatible, but in direct contradiction to each other. In order to solve the difficulty, we are compelled to say either that faith is a chimera or that reason is useless. ~ Denis Diderot,
228:All things must be examined, debated, investigated without exception and without regard for anyone's feelings... We must run roughshod over all these ancient puerilities, overturn the barriers that reason never erected, give back to the arts and sciences the liberty that is so precious to them. ~ Denis Diderot,
229: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,
230:The fact is that she was terribly undressed and I was extremely undressed too. The fact is that I still had my hand where she didn't have anything and she had hers where the same wasn't quite true of me. The fact is that I found myself underneath her and consequently she found herself on top of me. ~ Denis Diderot,
231:One must be oneself very little of a philosopher not to feel that the finest privilege of our reason consists in not believing in anything by the impulsion of a blind and mechanical instinct, and that it is to dishonour reason to put it in bonds as the Chaldeans did. Man is born to think for himself. ~ Denis Diderot,
232:I give my mind the liberty to follow the first wise or foolish idea that presents itself, just as in the avenue de Foy our dissolute youths follow close on the heels of some strumpet, then leave her to pursue another, attacking all of them and attaching themselves to none. My thoughts are my strumpets. ~ Denis Diderot,
233:The philosopher forms his principles on an infinity of particular observations. He does not confuse truth with plausibility, he takes for truth what is true, for false what is false, for doubtful what is doubtful, and probable what is probable. The philosophical spirit is thus a spirit of observation and accuracy. ~ Denis Diderot,
234:But if you will recall the history of our civil troubles, you will see half the nation bathe itself, out of piety, in the blood of the other half, and violate the fundamental feelings of humanity in order to sustain the cause of God: as though it were necessary to cease to be a man in order to prove oneself religious! ~ Denis Diderot,
235:What a hell of an economic system! Some are replete with everything while others, whose stomachs are no less demanding, whose hunger is just as recurrent, have nothing to bite on. The worst of it is the constrained posture need puts you in. The needy man does not walk like the rest; he skips, slithers, twists, crawls. ~ Denis Diderot,
236:The first promise exchanged by two beings of flesh was at the foot of a rock that was crumbling into dust; they took as witness for their constancy a sky that is not the same for a single instant; everything changed in them and around them, and they believed their hearts free of vicissitudes. O children! always children! ~ Denis Diderot,
237:- Monsieur me prépare le plus triste avenir; que deviendrai-je quand je n'aurai plus rien à dire?
- Tu recommenceras.
- Jacques, recommencer! Le contraire est écrit là-haut; et s'il m'arrivait de recommencer, je ne pourrais m'empêcher de m'écrier: "Ah! si ton grand-père t’entendait!..." et je regretterais le bâillon. ~ Denis Diderot,
238:How old the world is! I walk between two eternities.... What is my fleeting existence in comparison with that decaying rock, that valley digging its channel ever deeper, that forest that is tottering and those great masses above my head about to fall? I see the marble of tombs crumbling into dust; and yet I don't want to die! ~ Denis Diderot,
239:The thought of [our] destruction is like a light in the middle of the night that spreads its flames on the objects it will soon consume. We must get used to contemplating this light, since it announces nothing that has not been prepared by all that comes before; and since death is as natural as life, why should be so afraid of it? ~ Denis Diderot,
240:What does one say to somebody who says: ‘Whatever the sum total of the elements I am composed of I am still one entity. Now one cause has only one effect. I have always been one single cause and I have therefore only ever had one effect to produce. My existence in time is therefore nothing more than a series of necessary effects’? ~ Denis Diderot,
241:If there were a reason for preferring the Christian religion to natural religion, it would be because the former offers us, on the nature of God and man, enlightenment that the latter lacks. Now, this is not at all the case; for Christianity, instead of clarifying, gives rise to an infinite multitude of obscurities and difficulties. ~ Denis Diderot,
242:I don't think much of these eccentrics. Some people turn them into familiar acquaintances, even friends. Once a year they interest me, when I meet them, because their character stands in contrast to others and they break that fastidious uniformity which our education, our social conventions, and our habitual proprieties have introduced. ~ Denis Diderot,
243:If exclusive privileges were not granted, and if the financial system would not tend to concentrate wealth, there would be few great fortunes and no quick wealth. When the means of growing rich is divided between a greater number of citizens, wealth will also be more evenly distributed; extreme poverty and extreme wealth would be also rare. ~ Denis Diderot,
244:The following general definition of an animal: a system of different organic molecules that have combined with one another, under the impulsion of a sensation similar to an obtuse and muffled sense of touch given to them by the creator of matter as a whole, until each one of them has found the most suitable position for its shape and comfort. ~ Denis Diderot,
245:I picture the vast realm of the sciences as an immense landscape scattered with patches of dark and light. The goal towards which we must work is either to extend the boundaries of the patches of light, or to increase their number. One of these tasks falls to the creative genius; the other requires a sort of sagacity combined with perfectionism. ~ Denis Diderot,
246:Tell me how it is that whoever wrote out the great scroll could have decreed that such would be the reward of a noble act? Why should I, who am merely a miserable compound of faults, take your defence while He calmly watched you being attacked, knocked down, manhandled and trampled underfoot, He who is supposed to be the embodiment of all perfection? ~ Denis Diderot,
247:Comment s’étaient-ils rencontrés? Par hasard, comme tout le monde. Comment s’appelaient-ils? Que vous importe? D’où venaient-ils? Du lieu le plus prochain. Où allaient-ils? Est-ce que l’on sait où l’on va? Que disaient-ils? Le maître ne disait rien; et Jacques disait que son capitaine disait que tout ce qui nous arrive de bien et de mal ici-bas était écrit là-haut. ~ Denis Diderot,
248:This root [the potato], no matter how much you prepare it, is tasteless and floury. It cannot pass for an agreeable food, but it supplies a food sufficiently abundant and sufficiently healthy for men who ask only to sustain themselves. The potato is criticized with reason for being windy, but what matters windiness for the vigorous organisms of peasants and laborers? ~ Denis Diderot,
249:The first oath sworn by two creatures of flesh and blood was at the foot of a rock that was turning into dust. They called upon the heavens (which are never the same from one instant to the next) to witness their constancy. Although everything inside them and outside of them was changing, they believed their hearts to be immune to change. Oh children! You are still children… ~ Denis Diderot,
250:I am more affected by the attractions of virtue than by the deformities of vice; I turn gently away from the wicked and I fly to meet the good. If there is in a literary work, in a character, in a picture, in a statue, a beautiful spot, that is where my eyes rest; I see only that, I remember only that, all the rest is well-nigh forgotten. What becomes of me when the whole work is beautiful! ~ Denis Diderot,
251:It is as the father of the Encyclopedia that Denis Diderot merits eternal recognition. Guilty as he was in almost every relation of life towards the individual, for mankind, in the teeth of danger and of infidelity, at the ill-paid sacrifice of the best years of his exuberant life, he produced that book which first levelled a free path to knowledge and enfranchised the soul of his generation. ~ Evelyn Beatrice Hall,
252:As long as the centuries continue to unfold, the number of books will grow continually, and one can predict that a time will come when it will be almost as difficult to learn anything from books as from the direct study of the whole universe. It will be almost as convenient to search for some bit of truth concealed in nature as it will be to find it hidden away in an immense multitude of bound volumes. ~ Denis Diderot,
253:What is this world? A complex whole, subject to endless revolutions. All these revolutions show a continual tendency to destruction; a swift succession of beings who follow one another, press forward, and vanish; a fleeting symmetry; the order of a moment. I reproached you just now with estimating the perfection of things by your own capacity; and I might accuse you here of measuring its duration by the length of your own days. ~ Denis Diderot,
254:It seems to me that if one had kept silence up to now regarding religion, people would still be submerged in the most grotesque and dangerous superstition ... regarding government, we would still be groaning under the bonds of feudal government ... regarding morals, we would still be having to learn what is virtue and what is vice. To forbid all these discussions, the only ones worthy of occupying a good mind, is to perpetuate the reign of ignorance and barbarism. ~ Denis Diderot,
255:To be born in imbecility, in the midst of pain and crisis; to be the plaything of ignorance, error, need, sickness, wickedness, and passions; to return step by step to imbecility, from the time of lisping to that of doting; to live among knaves and charlatans of all kinds; to die between one man who takes your pulse and another who troubles your head; never to know where you come from, why you come and where you are going! That is what is called the most important gift of our parents and nature. Life. ~ Denis Diderot,
256:Indeed, the purpose of an encyclopedia is to collect knowledge disseminated around the globe; to set forth its general system to the men with whom we live, and transmit it to those who will come after us, so that the work of preceding centuries will not become useless to the centuries to come; and so that our offspring, becoming better instructed, will at the same time become more virtuous and happy, and that we should not die without having rendered a service to the human race in the future years to come. ~ Denis Diderot,
257:L'homme est ne pour la socie te ; se parez-le, isolez-le, ses ide es se de suniront, son caracte' re se tournera, mille affections ridicules s'e le' veront dans son coeur; des 274 pense es extravagantes germeront dans son esprit, comme les ronces dans une terre sauvage. Man is born to live in society: separate him, isolate him, and his ideas disintegrate, his character changes, a thousand ridiculous affectations rise up in his heart; extreme thoughts take hold in his mind, like the brambles in a wild field. ~ Denis Diderot,
258:Those people who are buried next to each other are perhaps not as crazy as one might think. Their ashes might press and mix together, and unite. What do I know? Maybe they haven't lost all feeling or all the memories of their first state. Perhaps there is a flicker of heat that they both enjoy in their own way at the bottom of the cold urn that holds them. Oh, my Sophie, I could touch you, feel you, love you, look for you, unite myself with you, and combine myself with you when we are no longer here.. Allow me this fantasy. ~ Denis Diderot,
259:You live as if you were destined to live forever, no thought of your frailty ever enters your head, of how much time has already gone by you take no heed. You squander time as if you drew from a full and abundant supply, so all the while that day which you bestow on some person or thing is perhaps your last. You have all the fears of mortals and all the desires of immortals… What foolish forgetfulness of mortality to defer wise resolutions to the fiftieth or sixtieth year, and to intend to begin life at a point to which few have attained. ~ Denis Diderot,
260:There comes a moment when nearly all young girls and young boys become melancholic. They are disturbed by a vague uneasiness which extends to everything and can find no consolation. They look for solitude. They weep. The silence of the cloister moves them and the image of peace which seems to reign in religious houses seduces them. They mistake the first movements of their developing emotions for the voice of God calling them and it is at the precise moment when nature is calling to them that they embrace a life which is contrary to the laws of nature. ~ Denis Diderot,
261:We are a free people; and now you have planted in our country the title deeds of our future slavery. You are neither god nor demon; who are you, then, to make slaves? Orou! You understand the language of these men, tell us all, as you have told me, what they have written on this sheet of metal: This country is ours. This country yours? And why? Because you have walked thereon? If a Tahitian landed one day on your shores, and scratched on one of your rocks or on the bark of your trees: This country belongs to the people of Tahiti - what would you think? ~ Denis Diderot,
262:There comes a moment during which almost every girl or boy falls into melancholy; they are tormented by a vague inquietude which rests on everything and finds nothing to calm it. They seek solitude; they weep; the silence to be found in cloister attracts them: the image of peace that seems to reign in religious houses seduces them. They mistake the first manifestations of a developing sexual nature for the voice of God calling them to Himself; and it is precisely when nature is inciting them that they embrace a fashion of life contrary to nature's wish. ~ Denis Diderot,
263:Manastirile sint ele oare atit de trebuincioase pentru temeliile unui stat? A facut Isus Cristos calugari si calugarite? [...] Ce nevoie are mirele sfint de atitea fecioare nebune? [...] e oare voia lui Dumnezeu sa vada traind in sihastrie omul pe care l-a menit sa traiasca laolalta cu semenii sai? Dumnezeu, care l-a facut atit de nestatornic, atit de usuratic, cum poate ingadui indrazneala legamintelor calugariei? [...] Si toate slujbele acestea lugubre, care se tin la luarea valului sau la marturie, cind un barbat sau o femeie sint daruiti vietii monahale si nenorocirii, curma oare functiunile animalice ale omului? Nu se trezesc ele, dimpotriva, in tacere, in silnicie si in trindavie, cu o putere necunoscuta celor ce traiesc in afara manastirilor? ~ Denis Diderot,
264:As I listened to him describing the scene of the procurer seducing the young girl, I found myself torn between two conflicting emotions, between a powerful desire to laugh and an overwhelming surge of indignation. I was in agony. Again and again a roar of laughter prevented my rage bursting forth; again and again the rage rising in my heart became a roar of laughter. I was dumbfounded by such shrewdness and such depravity; by such soundness of ideas alternating with such falseness; by so general a perversity of feeling, so total a corruption, and so exceptional a candour. He saw how agitated I was. 'What's the matter?' he asked.

ME: Nothing.
HIM: I think you're upset.
ME: Indeed I am.
HIM: So what do you think I should do?
ME: Talk about something else. What a wretched fate, to have been born and to have fallen so low!
HIM: I agree. But don't let my state affect you too much. In opening my heart to you, it was not my intention to upset you. I've managed to save a little, while I was with those people. Remember I wanted for nothing, nothing whatsoever, and they also made me a small allowance for incidentals. [Here he began to strike himself on the forehead with his fist, bite his lips, and roll his eyes like a lunatic, then he said:] What's done is done. I've put a bit aside. Time's passed, so I'm that much to the good.
ME: You mean to the bad.
HIM: No, to the good. Live one day less, or have an ecu more, it's all the same. The important thing is to open your bowels easily, freely, enjoyably, copiously, every evening; 'o stercus pretiosum!' That's the grand outcome of life in every condition. At the final moment, we're all equally rich - Samuel Bernard who by dint of theft, pillage, and bankruptcy leaves twenty-seven millions in gold, and Rameau who'll leave nothing, Rameau for whom charity will provide the winding-sheet to wrap him in. ~ Denis Diderot,
265:It was this hierarchy—so central to Western cosmology for so long that, even today, a ten-year-old could intuitively get much of it right—that was challenged by the most famous compendium of all: Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond d’Alembert’s eighteen-thousand-page Encyclopédie. Published between 1751 and 1772, the Encyclopédie was sponsored by neither the Catholic Church nor the French monarchy and was covertly hostile to both. It was intended to secularize as well as to popularize knowledge, and it demonstrated those Enlightenment commitments most radically through its organizational scheme. Rather than being structured, as it were, God-down, with the whole world flowing forth from a divine creator, it was structured human-out, with the world divided according to the different ways in which the mind engages with it: “memory,” “reason,” and “imagination,” or what we might today call history, science and philosophy, and the arts. Like alphabetical order, which effectively democratizes topics by abolishing distinctions based on power and precedent in favor of subjecting them all to the same rule, this new structure had the effect of humbling even the most exalted subjects. In producing the Encyclopédie, Diderot did not look up to the heavens but out toward the future; his goal, he wrote, was “that our descendants, by becoming more learned, may become more virtuous and happier.”

It is to Diderot’s Encyclopédie that we owe every modern one, from the Britannica and the World Book to Encarta and Wikipedia. But we also owe to it many other kinds of projects designed to, in his words, “assemble all the knowledge scattered on the surface of the earth.” It introduced not only new ways to do so but new reasons—chief among them, the diffusion of information prized by an élite class into the culture at large. The Encyclopédie was both the cause and the effect of a profoundly Enlightenment conviction: that, for books about everything, the best possible audience was the Everyman. ~ Kathryn Schulz,
266:(Ik luister naar hem, en als hij de scène van de koppelaar en het meisje dat verleid wordt voordraagt, word ik door twee tegengestelde opwellingen aangegrepen, ik weet niet of ik moet lachen of kwaadworden. Ik heb het er moeilijk mee: tien keer onderdrukt een schaterlach mijn woede, tien keer eindigt mijn diepe verontwaardiging in een schaterlach. Ik ben geheel van streek door zoveel scherpzinnigheid en laaghartigheid, door de afwisseling van zulke juiste en zulke verkeerde denkbeelden, door een zo totale perversiteit der gevoelens, een zo grote verdorvenheid en een zo ongewone openhartigheid. Hij merkt de strijd die in mij woedt en vraagt: Wat is er?)

IK. Niets.
HIJ. U schijnt in de war te zijn.
IK. Dat ben ik ook.
HIJ. Maar wat raadt u me dan aan?
IK. Over iets anders te praten. Ach, ongeluksvogel, bent u altijd zo geweest of bent u zo diep gezonken?
HIJ. Dat geef ik toe. Maar trekt u zich mijn toestand niet zo aan. Het was niet mijn bedoeling u verdriet te doen, toen ik mijn hart voor u uitstortte. Ik heb bij die mensen nog wat gespaard. Zoals u weet kreeg ik alles wat ik nodig had, absoluut alles, en ze gaven me nog wat extra zakgeld voor mijn persoonlijke pleziertjes.
(Dan begint hij met zijn vuisten op zijn voorhoofd te slaan, zich op de lippen te bijten en met een verwilderde blik naar het plafond te staren, terwijl hij uitroept: Wat gebeurd is, is gebeurd. Ik heb wat opzij gelegd, de tijd is voorbij gegaan en dat is al veel gewonnen.)
IK. U bedoelt zeker verloren?
HIJ. Nee, nee, gewonnen. Men wordt elke minuut rijker: een dag minder te leven of een daalder meer, dat is precies eender. Het belangrijkste is toch iedere avond lekker op je gemak, vrij en overvloedig naar de plee te kunnen gaan: 'O stercus pretiosum!' Dat is het grote doel van het leven in alle rangen en standen. Op het laatste moment zijn we allemaal even rijk: Samuel Bernard die door diefstal, zwendel en fraude zevenentwintig miljoen in goud nalaat, en Rameau, die niets nalaat, Rameau die van de armen zal worden begraven. ~ Denis Diderot,



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The noun denis diderot has 1 sense (no senses from tagged texts)
1. Diderot, Denis Diderot ::: (French philosopher who was a leading figure of the Enlightenment in France; principal editor of an encyclopedia that disseminated the scientific and philosophical knowledge of the time (1713-1784))

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Sense 1
Diderot, Denis Diderot
   INSTANCE OF=> philosopher
     => scholar, scholarly person, bookman, student
       => intellectual, intellect
         => person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soul
           => organism, being
             => living thing, animate thing
               => whole, unit
                 => object, physical object
                   => physical entity
                     => entity
           => causal agent, cause, causal agency
             => physical entity
               => entity

--- Hyponyms of noun denis_diderot

--- Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun denis_diderot

1 sense of denis diderot                        

Sense 1
Diderot, Denis Diderot
   INSTANCE OF=> philosopher

--- Coordinate Terms (sisters) of noun denis_diderot

1 sense of denis diderot                        

Sense 1
Diderot, Denis Diderot
  -> philosopher
   => nativist
   => Cynic
   => eclectic, eclecticist
   => empiricist
   => epistemologist
   => esthetician, aesthetician
   => ethicist, ethician
   => existentialist, existentialist philosopher, existential philosopher
   => gymnosophist
   => libertarian
   => mechanist
   => moralist
   => naturalist
   => necessitarian
   => nominalist
   => pluralist
   => pre-Socratic
   => realist
   => Scholastic
   => Sophist
   => Stoic
   => transcendentalist
   => yogi
   HAS INSTANCE=> Abelard, Peter Abelard, Pierre Abelard
   HAS INSTANCE=> Anaxagoras
   HAS INSTANCE=> Anaximander
   HAS INSTANCE=> Anaximenes
   HAS INSTANCE=> Arendt, Hannah Arendt
   HAS INSTANCE=> Aristotle
   HAS INSTANCE=> Averroes, ibn-Roshd, Abul-Walid Mohammed ibn-Ahmad Ibn-Mohammed ibn-Roshd
   HAS INSTANCE=> Avicenna, ibn-Sina, Abu Ali al-Husain ibn Abdallah ibn Sina
   HAS INSTANCE=> Bacon, Francis Bacon, Sir Francis Bacon, Baron Verulam, 1st Baron Verulam, Viscount St. Albans
   HAS INSTANCE=> Bentham, Jeremy Bentham
   HAS INSTANCE=> Bergson, Henri Bergson, Henri Louis Bergson
   HAS INSTANCE=> Berkeley, Bishop Berkeley, George Berkeley
   HAS INSTANCE=> Boethius, Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius
   HAS INSTANCE=> Bruno, Giordano Bruno
   HAS INSTANCE=> Buber, Martin Buber
   HAS INSTANCE=> Cassirer, Ernst Cassirer
   HAS INSTANCE=> Cleanthes
   HAS INSTANCE=> Comte, Auguste Comte, Isidore Auguste Marie Francois Comte
   HAS INSTANCE=> Condorcet, Marquis de Condorcet, Marie Jean Antoine Nicolas Caritat
   HAS INSTANCE=> Confucius, Kongfuze, K'ung Futzu, Kong the Master
   HAS INSTANCE=> Democritus
   HAS INSTANCE=> Derrida, Jacques Derrida
   HAS INSTANCE=> Descartes, Rene Descartes
   HAS INSTANCE=> Dewey, John Dewey
   HAS INSTANCE=> Diderot, Denis Diderot
   HAS INSTANCE=> Diogenes
   HAS INSTANCE=> Empedocles
   HAS INSTANCE=> Epictetus
   HAS INSTANCE=> Epicurus
   HAS INSTANCE=> Haeckel, Ernst Heinrich Haeckel
   HAS INSTANCE=> Hartley, David Hartley
   HAS INSTANCE=> Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
   HAS INSTANCE=> Heraclitus
   HAS INSTANCE=> Herbart, Johann Friedrich Herbart
   HAS INSTANCE=> Herder, Johann Gottfried von Herder
   HAS INSTANCE=> Hobbes, Thomas Hobbes
   HAS INSTANCE=> Hume, David Hume
   HAS INSTANCE=> Husserl, Edmund Husserl
   HAS INSTANCE=> Hypatia
   HAS INSTANCE=> James, William James
   HAS INSTANCE=> Kant, Immanuel Kant
   HAS INSTANCE=> Kierkegaard, Soren Kierkegaard, Soren Aabye Kierkegaard
   HAS INSTANCE=> Lao-tzu, Lao-tse, Lao-zi
   HAS INSTANCE=> Leibniz, Leibnitz, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz
   HAS INSTANCE=> Locke, John Locke
   HAS INSTANCE=> Lucretius, Titus Lucretius Carus
   HAS INSTANCE=> Lully, Raymond Lully, Ramon Lully
   HAS INSTANCE=> Mach, Ernst Mach
   HAS INSTANCE=> Machiavelli, Niccolo Machiavelli
   HAS INSTANCE=> Maimonides, Moses Maimonides, Rabbi Moses Ben Maimon
   HAS INSTANCE=> Malebranche, Nicolas de Malebranche
   HAS INSTANCE=> Marcuse, Herbert Marcuse
   HAS INSTANCE=> Marx, Karl Marx
   HAS INSTANCE=> Mead, George Herbert Mead
   HAS INSTANCE=> Mill, John Mill, John Stuart Mill
   HAS INSTANCE=> Mill, James Mill
   HAS INSTANCE=> Montesquieu, Baron de la Brede et de Montesquieu, Charles Louis de Secondat
   HAS INSTANCE=> Moore, G. E. Moore, George Edward Moore
   HAS INSTANCE=> Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
   HAS INSTANCE=> Occam, William of Occam, Ockham, William of Ockham
   HAS INSTANCE=> Origen
   HAS INSTANCE=> Ortega y Gasset, Jose Ortega y Gasset
   HAS INSTANCE=> Parmenides
   HAS INSTANCE=> Pascal, Blaise Pascal
   HAS INSTANCE=> Peirce, Charles Peirce, Charles Sanders Peirce
   HAS INSTANCE=> Perry, Ralph Barton Perry
   HAS INSTANCE=> Plotinus
   => Popper, Karl Popper, Sir Karl Raimund Popper
   HAS INSTANCE=> Pythagoras
   HAS INSTANCE=> Quine, W. V. Quine, Willard Van Orman Quine
   HAS INSTANCE=> Radhakrishnan, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Sir Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
   HAS INSTANCE=> Reid, Thomas Reid
   HAS INSTANCE=> Rousseau, Jean-Jacques Rousseau
   HAS INSTANCE=> Russell, Bertrand Russell, Bertrand Arthur William Russell, Earl Russell
   HAS INSTANCE=> Schopenhauer, Arthur Schopenhauer
   HAS INSTANCE=> Schweitzer, Albert Schweitzer
   HAS INSTANCE=> Seneca, Lucius Annaeus Seneca
   HAS INSTANCE=> Socrates
   HAS INSTANCE=> Spencer, Herbert Spencer
   HAS INSTANCE=> Spengler, Oswald Spengler
   HAS INSTANCE=> Spinoza, de Spinoza, Baruch de Spinoza, Benedict de Spinoza
   HAS INSTANCE=> Steiner, Rudolf Steiner
   HAS INSTANCE=> Stewart, Dugald Stewart
   HAS INSTANCE=> Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore, Sir Rabindranath Tagore
   HAS INSTANCE=> Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
   HAS INSTANCE=> Thales, Thales of Miletus
   HAS INSTANCE=> Theophrastus
   HAS INSTANCE=> Weil, Simone Weil
   HAS INSTANCE=> Whitehead, Alfred North Whitehead
   HAS INSTANCE=> Williams, Sir Bernard Williams, Bernard Arthur Owen Williams
   HAS INSTANCE=> Wittgenstein, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Ludwig Josef Johan Wittgenstein
   HAS INSTANCE=> Xenophanes
   HAS INSTANCE=> Zeno, Zeno of Citium
   HAS INSTANCE=> Zeno, Zeno of Elea

--- Grep of noun denis_diderot
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