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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,

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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:دور العاقل خطر بين المجانين ~ Denis Diderot
7:How easy it is to tell tales! ~ Denis Diderot
8:The world is the house of the strong. ~ Denis Diderot
9:All children are essentially criminal. ~ Denis Diderot
10:كانا ينظران لكل شيء من غير أن يريا شيء ~ Denis Diderot
11:For me, my thoughts are my prostitutes. ~ Denis Diderot
12:كيف حاله؟
أفضل من الجميع . لقد مات! ~ Denis Diderot
13:ليس من الناس من يهوى المشي أكثر من العُرج ~ Denis Diderot
14:Life is but a series of misunderstandings. ~ Denis Diderot
15:Scepticism is the first step toward truth. ~ Denis Diderot
16:Un despote ne doit pas obtenir du crédit". ~ Denis Diderot
17:Distance is a great promoter of admiration. ~ Denis Diderot
18:Scepticism is the first step towards truth. ~ Denis Diderot
19:There is only one duty; that is to be happy. ~ Denis Diderot
20:People stop thinking when they cease to read. ~ Denis Diderot
21:Une danse est un poe' me. A dance is a poem. ~ Denis Diderot
22:From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step. ~ Denis Diderot
23:Bizim kadar budala olmayanları akıllı saymayız. ~ Denis Diderot
24:Does anyone really know where they're going to? ~ Denis Diderot
25:Good music is very close to primitive language. ~ Denis Diderot
26:Integrity is the evidence of all civil virtues. ~ Denis Diderot
27:And his hands would plait the priest's entrails, ~ Denis Diderot
28:Fanaticism is just one step away from barbarism. ~ Denis Diderot
29:The first step towards philosophy is incredulity. ~ Denis Diderot
30:Superstition is more injurious to God than atheism. ~ Denis Diderot
31:لا تحدد لأحزانك من أَجَل ، سوى الذي يحدده لها الزمن ~ Denis Diderot
32:لا تدفع مُسبقاً أبداً إذا أردتَ أن لا تلقى خدمة سيئة ~ Denis Diderot
33:The best doctor is the one you run to and can't find. ~ Denis Diderot
34:The best mannered people make the most absurd lovers. ~ Denis Diderot
35:There is only one passion, the passion for happiness. ~ Denis Diderot
36:Passions destroy more prejudices than philosophy does. ~ Denis Diderot
37:Хората престават да мислят, когато престанат да четат. ~ Denis Diderot
38:I can be expected to look for truth but not to find it. ~ Denis Diderot
39:Ignorance is less remote from the truth than prejudice. ~ Denis Diderot
40:Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophy. ~ Denis Diderot
41:Happiest are the people who give most happiness to others ~ Denis Diderot
42:Happiest are the people who give most happiness to others. ~ Denis Diderot
43:La superstition est plus injurieuse à Dieu que l'athéisme. ~ Denis Diderot
44:He whom we call a gentleman is no longer the man of Nature. ~ Denis Diderot
UOMINI MEDIOCRI... ~ Denis Diderot
46:If you want me to believe in God, you must make me touch him. ~ Denis Diderot
47:Niczego równie trudno nie przebacza się komuś, co jego zalet. ~ Denis Diderot
48:Time, matter, space - all, it may be, are no more than a point. ~ Denis Diderot
49:حقیقی‌ترین تاریخ پر از اباطیل است و تخیلی‌ترین رمان پر از حقایق ~ Denis Diderot
50:Evil always turns up in this world through some genius or other. ~ Denis Diderot
51:Give, but, if possible, spare the poor man the shame of begging. ~ Denis Diderot
52:Two qualities essential for the artist: moralityand perspective. ~ Denis Diderot
53:You risk just as much in being credulous as in being suspicious. ~ Denis Diderot
54:Gratitude is a burden, and every burden is made to be shaken off. ~ Denis Diderot
55:Najsretniji je onaj čovjek koji je učinio sretnima najviše ljudi. ~ Denis Diderot
56:Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild. ~ Denis Diderot
57:Se me debe exigir que busque la verdad, pero no que la encuentre. ~ Denis Diderot
58:أدركتُ أن قول الحقيقة وحدها لا يكفي ، بل ينبغي أيضاً أن يكون طريفا ~ Denis Diderot
59:(...) a ja nie lubię kłamstwa, chyba że jest użyteczne i nieodzowne. ~ Denis Diderot
60:Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things. ~ Denis Diderot
61:أُريدُ لأنينك أن يكون حراً ليكون أقل ألماً ، أريده عنيفاً ليكون أقصر ~ Denis Diderot
62:Pithy sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory. ~ Denis Diderot
63:There is no good father who would want to resemble our Heavenly Father. ~ Denis Diderot
64:Only God and some few rare geniuses can keep forging ahead into novelty. ~ Denis Diderot
65:The blood of Jesus Christ can cover a multitude of sins, it seems to me. ~ Denis Diderot
66:Those who fear the facts will forever try to discredit the fact-finders. ~ Denis Diderot
67:What a fine comedy this world would be if one did not play a part in it. ~ Denis Diderot
68:Mind what you do; if you deceive me once I shall never believe you again. ~ Denis Diderot
69:All abstract sciences are nothing but the study of relations between signs. ~ Denis Diderot
70:One swallows the lie that flatters, but sips the bitter truth drop by drop. ~ Denis Diderot
71:Philosophy is as far separated from impiety as religion is from fanaticism. ~ Denis Diderot
72:It is better to reveal a weakness than allow oneself be suspected of a vice. ~ Denis Diderot
73:One may demand of me that I should seek truth, but not that I should find it ~ Denis Diderot
74:Οι προτάσεις είναι σαν αιχμηρά καρφιά που μπήγουν την αλήθεια στη μνήμη μας. ~ Denis Diderot
75:If you disturb the colors of the rainbow, the rainbow is no longer beautiful. ~ Denis Diderot
76:No man has received from nature the right to command his fellow human beings. ~ Denis Diderot
77:One may demand of me that I should seek truth, but not that I should find it. ~ Denis Diderot
78:There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it. ~ Denis Diderot
79:We are far more liable to catch the vices than the virtues of our associates. ~ Denis Diderot
80:Isn't it better to have men being ungrateful than to miss a chance to do good? ~ Denis Diderot
81:When we know to read our own hearts, we acquire wisdom of the heartsof others. ~ Denis Diderot
82:In order to get as much fame as one's father one has to much more able than he. ~ Denis Diderot
83:Posterity for the philosopher is what the other world is for the religious man. ~ Denis Diderot
84:When we know to read our own hearts, we acquire wisdom of the hearts of others. ~ Denis Diderot
85:My friend, you should blow out your candle in order to find your way more clearly. ~ Denis Diderot
86:What is a monster? A being whose survival is incompatible with the existing order. ~ Denis Diderot
87:Nikt bardziej nie lubi mówić niż jąkały, nikt bardziej nie lubi chodzić niż chromi. ~ Denis Diderot
88:It is not human nature we should accuse but the despicable conventions that pervert it. ~ Denis Diderot
89:In general, children, like men, and men, like children, prefer entertainment to education. ~ Denis Diderot
90:Omul nu va fi liber până când ultimul rege va fi spânzurat cu intestinele ultimului preot. ~ Denis Diderot
91:One composition is meagre, though it has many figures; another is rich, though it has few. ~ Denis Diderot
92:Our truest opinions are not those we never change, but those to which we most often return. ~ Denis Diderot
93:To prove the Gospels by a miracle is to prove an absurdity by something contrary to nature. ~ Denis Diderot
94:إنّ الشرف والفضيلة ، حين يكونا حقيقيين ، ليس لهما من ثمنٍ بتاتاً عند الذين سعدوا بامتلاكهما ~ Denis Diderot
95:Gaiety is a quality of ordinary men. Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine. ~ Denis Diderot
96:I have not the hope of being immortal, because the desire of it has not given me that vanity. ~ Denis Diderot
97:It was ordained that you would have the title to the thing and I would have the thing itself. ~ Denis Diderot
98:Justice is the first virtue of those who command, and stops the complaints of those who obey. ~ Denis Diderot
99:Ludzie, którzy coś powtarzają dwa razy, to głupcy mający za głupców tych, którzy ich słuchają ~ Denis Diderot
100:Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. ~ Denis Diderot
101:Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. ~ Denis Diderot
102:The man who first pronounced the barbarous word God ought to have been immediately destroyed. ~ Denis Diderot
103:There is less harm to be suffered in being mad among madmen than in being sane all by oneself. ~ Denis Diderot
104:Engullimos de un sorbo la mentira que nos adula y bebemos gota a gota la verdad que nos amarga. ~ Denis Diderot
105:There's a bit of testicle at the bottom of our most sublime feelings and our purest tenderness. ~ Denis Diderot
106:Oh! how near are genius and madness! Men imprison them and chain them, or raise statues to them. ~ Denis Diderot
107:There is no true sovereign except the nation; there can be no true legislator except the people. ~ Denis Diderot
108:ولكنه شيء لا يُصدّق أن تشعري بكل هذا البغض لحالةٍ تؤدّين واجباتها بكل هذه بكل هذه السهولة والدقة ~ Denis Diderot
109:Le public ne sait pas toujours de sirer le vrai. Thepublicdoesnot alwaysknowhow todesirethetruth. ~ Denis Diderot
110:أنا ألهو بأن أكتب الحماقات التي ترتكبونها تحت أسماء مستعارة. فحماقاتكم تضحكني وكتاباتي تعكر مزاجكم ~ Denis Diderot
111:The pit of a theatre is the one place where the tears of virtuous and wicked men alike are mingled. ~ Denis Diderot
112:It has been said that love robs those who have it of their wit, and gives it to those who have none. ~ Denis Diderot
113:It is very important not to mistake hemlock for parsley; but not at all so to believe or not in God. ~ Denis Diderot
114:The God of the Christians is a father who makes much of his apples, and very little of his children. ~ Denis Diderot
115:Whether God exists or does not exist, He has come to rank among the most sublime and useless truths. ~ Denis Diderot
116:And he added that prudence in no way assured us of success but consoled us and excused us in failure. ~ Denis Diderot
117:The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers. ~ Denis Diderot
118:A thing is not proved because no one has ever questioned it... Skepticism is the first step toward truth. ~ Denis Diderot
119:We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter. ~ Denis Diderot
120: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
121:There is no kind of harassment that a man may not inflict on a woman with impunity in civilized societies. ~ Denis Diderot
122:We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter. ~ Denis Diderot,
123:We swallow with one gulp the lie that flatters us, and drink drop by drop the truth which is bitter to us. ~ Denis Diderot
124:Jacques said that his master said that everything good or evil we encounter here below was written on high. ~ Denis Diderot
125:Do you see this egg? With this you can topple every theological theory, every church or temple in the world. ~ Denis Diderot
126:First move me, astonish me, break my heart, let me tremble, weep, stare, be enraged-only then regale my eyes. ~ Denis Diderot
127:All things must be examined, debated, investigated without exception and without regard for anyone's feelings. ~ Denis Diderot
128:Shakespeare's fault is not the greatest into which a poet may fall. It merely indicates a deficiency of taste. ~ Denis Diderot
129: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
130: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
131:Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it. ~ Denis Diderot
132:The decisions of law courts should never be printed: in the long run, they form a counter authority to the law. ~ Denis Diderot
133:Nous aimons, sans nous en douter, tout ce qui nous livre à nos penchants, nous séduit et excuse notre faiblesse. ~ Denis Diderot
134:The enjoyment of freedom which could be exercised without any motivation would be the real hallmark of a maniac. ~ Denis Diderot
135:إيه لو كنتُ أُجيد الكلام مثلما أجيد التفكير! لكنه كان مكتوباً فوق أن تكون الأشياء في رأسي ، وأن لا تأتي الكلمات. ~ Denis Diderot
136: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
137:The Christian religion teaches us to imitate a God that is cruel, insidious, jealous, and implacable in his wrath. ~ Denis Diderot
138:Master, master, you obviously haven’t thought about this at all. We only ever feel sorry for ourselves, believe me. ~ Denis Diderot
139: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
140:I feel, I think, I judge; therefore, a part of organized matter like me is capable of feeling, thinking, and judging. ~ Denis Diderot
141: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
142: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
143:The general interest of the masses might take the place of the insight of genius if it were allowed freedom of action. ~ Denis Diderot
144:Doctors are always working to preserve our health and cooks to destroy it, but the latter are the more often successful. ~ Denis Diderot
145:The infant runs toward it with its eyes closed, the adult is stationary, the old man approaches it with his back turned. ~ Denis Diderot
146:What has not been examined impartially has not been well examined. Skepticism is therefore the first step towards truth. ~ Denis Diderot
147:Los lubi chodzić krętymi drogami. Obwiniamy go w pierwszej chwili, że skłamał, z czasem zaś okazuje się, że mówił prawdę. ~ Denis Diderot
148:Monsignor…you are asking whether I promise God chastity, poverty, and obedience. I heard what you said and my answer is no ~ Denis Diderot
149: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
150: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
151: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
152:...qui siedo sempre come un maestoso cazzo fra duoi coglioni. [...I always sit here like a majestic prick between two balls.] ~ Denis Diderot
153: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
154: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
155: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
156:Which is the greater merit, to enlighten the human race, which remains forever, or to save one's fatherland, which is perishable? ~ Denis Diderot
157: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
158: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
159: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
160:How many wisely conceived projects have failed and will fail in the future! How many insane projects have succeeded and will succeed! ~ Denis Diderot
161: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
162: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
163: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
164: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
165: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
166:كان من أولئك الذين, مع الأسف, ولدوا لكي يمارسوا الفضيلة دون أن يشعروا بحلاوتها, ممن يفعلون الخير من منطلق تطبيق النظام, كما يحاكمون الأمور. ~ Denis Diderot
167: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
168:If a misplaced admiration shows imbecility, an affected criticism shows vice of character. Expose thyself rather to appear a beast than false. ~ Denis Diderot
169: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
170: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
171: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
172: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
173: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
174: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
175:The first step towards philosophy is incredulity. ~ Denis Diderot, Last Conversation. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 596-97.
176: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
177:آدمی شربت دروغی را که در تملق او باشد یک جرعه می‌نوشد و حرف حق را که برایش تلخ است، قطره‌قطره. در ثانی، ما چاپلوسان قیافه‌مان حق به جانب و صادق است. ~ Denis Diderot
178: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
179:إنّ أول عهد قطعه على نفسيهما كائنان اثنان من لحم ودم، كان قرب صخرة انهارت فذهبت هباءً منثوراً. وقد أشهدا على ثبات عهدهما سماء لم تثبت أي لحظة على حال ~ Denis Diderot
180: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
181: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
182: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
183: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
184: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
185: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
186: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
187: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
188: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
189: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
190: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
191: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
192:- 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
193: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
194: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
195: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
196: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
197: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
198: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
199: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
200: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
201: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
202: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
203: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
204: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
205: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
206: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
207: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
208: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
209: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
210: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
211:إنّ تحمّل الفاقة حين يولد الانسان، هو ما يجيد فعله عدد كبير من الناس. غير أن الانتقال ن الرخاء إلى درجة العوز القصوى ، والقبول بها ، والعثور على الغبطة فيها ، فذلك ما يتجاوز قدرتي على الإستيعاب ~ Denis Diderot
212:أليس شيئاً مزعجاً! فهم يذمّون الحياةَ من الصصبح حتى المساء، ولا يستطيعون عقد العزم على مغادرتها!
أيكون السبب أن الحياة الراهنة ليست في مجملها بالشيء الرديء ، أم أنهم يخشون حياة قادمة أسوأ منها ~ Denis Diderot
213: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
214: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
215:[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
216: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
217: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
218: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
219: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
220: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
221: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
222: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
223: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
224: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
225: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
226: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
227:Расплата в этом мире наступает всегда. Есть два генеральных прокурора: один - тот, кто стоит у ваших дверей и наказывает за проступки против общества, другой - сама природа. Ей известны все пороки, ускользающие от законов. ~ Denis Diderot
228: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
229: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
230: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
231: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
232: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
233: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
234: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
235: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
236: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
237: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
238: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
239: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
240: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
241: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
242: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
243: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
244: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
245: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
246: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
247: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
248: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
249: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
250: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
251: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
252: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
253: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
254: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
255: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
256: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
257: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
258:- 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
259: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
260: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
261: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
262: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
263: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
264: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
265: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
266: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
267: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
268: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
269: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
270: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
271: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
272: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
273: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
274: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
275: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
276: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
277: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
278: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
279: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
280: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
281: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
282: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
283: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
284: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
285: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
286: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
287:(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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