Denis Diderot Top 10 Quotes


Scepticism is the first step towards truth.

Denis Diderot


The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers.

Denis Diderot (Observations on the Drawing Up of Laws, 1774)


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


Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.

Denis Diderot (Pensées Philosophiques, 1746)


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

Denis Diderot (Rameau's Nephew, 1762)


There is no good father who would want to resemble our Heavenly Father.

Denis Diderot (Pensées Philosophiques, 1746)


No man has received from nature the right to command his fellow human beings.

Denis Diderot (L'Encyclopédie, 1751 - 1766)


Man is born to think for himself.

Denis Diderot


One may demand of me that I should seek truth, but not that I should find it.

Denis Diderot (Pensées Philosophiques, 1746)


If you want me to believe in God, you must make me touch him.

Denis Diderot

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Denis Diderot Biography

Born: October 5, 1713
Died: July 31, 1784

Denis Diderot was a French philosopher, art critic and writer. He was a notable and esteemed figure during the Enlightenment.

Notable Works

Pensées Philosophiques or also known as Philosophical Thoughts (1746)
L'Encyclopédie (1751 - 1766)
Rameau's Nephew (1762)
D'Alembert's Dream (1769)

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