Denis Diderot Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old denis diderot quotes, denis diderot sayings, and denis diderot proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild.     

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

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

Denis Diderot

If you disturb the colors of the rainbow, the rainbow is no longer beautiful.     

Denis Diderot

We are far more liable to catch the vices than the virtues of our associates.     

Denis Diderot

He whom we call a gentleman is no longer the man of Nature.     

Denis Diderot

The best doctor is the one you run to and can't find.     

Denis Diderot

All things must be examined, debated, investigated without exception and without regard for anyone's feelings.     

Denis Diderot

All abstract sciences are nothing but the study of relations between signs.     

Denis Diderot

Gratitude is a burden, and every burden is made to be shaken off.     

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

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

The decisions of law courts should never be printed: in the long run, they form a counter authority to the law.     

Denis Diderot

Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophy.     

Denis Diderot

Scepticism is the first step towards truth.     

Denis Diderot

There is no kind of harassment that a man may not inflict on a woman with impunity in civilized societies.     

Denis Diderot

Sentences are like sharp nails, which force truth upon our memories.      

Denis Diderot

Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophy.     

Denis Diderot

There is no better role to play among the great than that of jester.     

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

The blood of Jesus Christ can cover a multitude of sins, it seems to me.     

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

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

Denis Diderot

Give, but, if possible, spare the poor man the shame of begging.     

Denis Diderot

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, dicebox in hand, shaking the dice.     

Denis Diderot

He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all.     

Denis Diderot