Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things.
Quote by Denis Diderot
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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.
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.
Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it.
The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers.
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.
The best doctor is the one you run to and can't find.
No man has received from nature the right to command his fellow human beings.
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.
Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild.
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.
The history of philosophy is to a great extent that of a certain clash of human temperaments.
Our most important task is to transform our consciousness so that violence is no longer an option for us in our personal lives, that understanding that a world of peace is possible only if we relate to each other as peaceful beings, one individual at a time.
The key to making money is to stay invested.
There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.
We need proof in our society.
There's pros and cons of a big church. Cons is I don't get to know everybody, I don't get to go to their ballgame, I don't get to marry everybody, but the pros are you get all this community, 800 ushers come in to serve, getting there at 7 in the morning on their day off and coming in on Saturday to make all those wafers.
The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes.
I don't think Hollywood knows what to do with me. I would imagine that when it comes to romantic comedies, my name would be pretty low down on the list.
I imagined being a famous writer would be like being like Jane Austen.
Women must tell men always that they are the strong ones. They are the big, the strong, the wonderful. In truth, women are the strong ones. It is just my opinion, I am not a professor.