Marquis de Sade Quotes

The ultimate triumph of philosophy would be to cast light upon the mysterious ways in which Providence moves to achieve the designs it has for man... view

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One weeps not save when one is afraid, and that is why kings are tyrants... view

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Religions are the cradles of despotism... view

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Sensual excess drives out pity in man... view

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"""Sex"" is as important as eating or drinking and we ought to allow the one appetite to be satisfied with as little restraint or false modesty as the other.".. view

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She had already allowed her delectable lover to pluck that flower which, so different from the rose to which it is nevertheless sometimes compared, has not the same faculty of being reborn each spring... view

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So long as the laws remain such as they are today, employ some discretion: loud opinion forces us to do so.. view

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The idea of God is the sole wrong for which I cannot forgive mankind... view

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One is never so dangerous when one has no shame, than when one has grown too old to blush... view

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The primary and most beautiful of Nature's qualities is motion, which agitates her at all times, but this motion is simply a perpetual consequence of crimes, she conserves it by means of crimes only... view

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Social order at the expense of liberty is hardly a bargain... view

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There is no God, Nature sufficeth unto herself.. view

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There is no more lively sensation than that of pain.. view

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They declaim against the passions without bothering to think that it is from their flame philosophy lights its torch... view

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Til the infallibility of human judgements shall have been proved to me, I shall demand the abolition of the penalty of death... view

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To judge from the notions expounded by theologians, one must conclude that God created most men simply with a view to crowding hell... view

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Truth titillates the imagination far less than fiction... view

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Variety, multiplicity are the two most powerful vehicles of lust... view

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What is more immoral than war?.. view

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Woman's destiny is to be wanton, like the bitch, the she-wolf.. view

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Your body is the church where Nature asks to be reverenced... view

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The more defects a man may have, the older he is, the less lovable, the more resounding his success... view

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Are wars anything but the means whereby a nation is nourished, whereby it is strengthened, whereby it is buttressed?.. view

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The imagination is the spur of delights... all depends upon it, it is the mainspring of everything.. view

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No lover, if he be of good faith, and sincere, will deny he would prefer to see his mistress dead than unfaithful... view

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All universal moral principles are idle fancies... view

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Are not laws dangerous which inhibit the passions? Compare the centuries of anarchy with those of the strongest legalism in any country you like and you will see that it is only when the laws are silent that the greatest actions appear... view

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Between understanding and faith immediate connections must subsist... view

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Destruction, hence, like creation, is one of Nature's mandates... view

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Happiness is ideal, it is the work of the imagination... view

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Happiness lies neither in vice nor in virtue.. view

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I've already told you: the only way to a woman's heart is along the path of torment. I know none other as sure... view

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Never lose sight of the fact that all human felicity lies in man's imagination, and that he cannot think to attain it unless he heeds all his caprices. The most fortunate of persons is he who has the most means to satisfy his vagaries... view

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It is always by way of pain one arrives at pleasure... view

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It is not my mode of thought that has caused my misfortunes, but the mode of thought of others... view

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Lust is to the other passions what the nervous fluid is to life.. view

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Lust's passion will be served.. view

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Man's natural character is to imitate.. view

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My manner of thinking, so you say, cannot be approved. Do you suppose I care? A poor fool indeed is he who adopts a manner of thinking for others!.. view

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All, all is theft, all is unceasing and rigorous competition in nature.. view

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Nature has not got two voices, you know, one of them condemning all day what the other commands... view

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Nature, who for the perfect maintenance of the laws of her general equilibrium, has sometimes need of vices and sometimes of virtues, inspires now this impulse, now that one, in accordance with what she requires... view

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