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About Denis Diderot
Denis Diderot was a renowned French writer, philosopher, art critic and encyclopedist best remembered for being a co-founder, contributor and editor of the general French encyclopediaEncyclopédie, which was published between 1751 and 1772. In addition to his work on Encyclopédie, he is also known for such famous novels as Jacques the Fatalist and Paradox of the Actor.
He was born to Angélique Vigneron and renowned French craftsman Didier Diderot. In 1743, he got married to Anne-Antoinette Diderot. The couple had four children, all of whom died in infancy with the exception of Marie Angélique Diderot.
As a youth, his father disowned him after he refused to follow any of his learned professions.
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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
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
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
Good music is very close to primitive language.Denis Diderot
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
It is not human nature we should accuse but the despicable conventions that pervert it.Denis Diderot
Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.Denis Diderot
Morals are in all countries the result of legislation and government they are not African or Asian or European: they are good or bad.Denis Diderot
No man has received from nature the right to command his fellow human beings.Denis Diderot
Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things.Denis Diderot
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
Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it.Denis Diderot
People praise virtue, but they hate it, they run away from it. It freezes you to death, and in this world you've got to keep your feet warm.Denis Diderot
Pithy sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory.Denis Diderot
Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild.Denis Diderot
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
The best doctor is the one you run to and can't find.Denis Diderot
The general interest of the masses might take the place of the insight of genius if it were allowed freedom of action.Denis Diderot
The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers.Denis Diderot
The possibility of divorce renders both marriage partners stricter in their observance of the duties they owe to each other. Divorces help to improve morals and to increase the population.Denis Diderot
There are things I can't force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint.Denis Diderot
There 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
There is only one passion, the passion for happiness.Denis Diderot
We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.Denis Diderot
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
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
Denis Diderot's Popularity
Denis Diderot was a famous French philosopher, who was born on October 5, 1713. As a person born on this date, Denis Diderot is listed in our database as the 21st most popular celebrity for the day (October 5).
People born on October 5 fall under the Zodiac sign of Libra, the Scales. Denis Diderot is the 678th most popular Libra.
Aside from information specific to Denis Diderot's birthday, Denis Diderot is the 130th most famous French.
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