Marquis De Sade Sayings and Quotes

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


Lust is to the other passions what the nervous fluid is to life; it supports them all, lends strength to them all ambition, cruelty, avarice, revenge, are all founded on lust.     

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Lust's passion will be served; it demands, it militates, it tyrannizes.     

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If it is the dirty element that gives pleasure to the act of lust, then the dirtier it is, the more pleasurable it is bound to be.     

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One must do violence to the object of one's desire; when it surrenders, the pleasure is greater.     

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Prejudice is the sole author of infamies: how many acts are so qualified by an opinion forged out of naught but prejudice!     

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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.     

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

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Conversation, like certain portions of the anatomy, always runs more smoothly when lubricated.     

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Sensual excess drives out pity in man.     

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

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Cruelty, very far from being a vice, is the first sentiment Nature injects in us all.     

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

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

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How delightful are the pleasures of the imagination! In those delectable moments, the whole world is ours; not a single creature resists us, we devastate the world, we repopulate it with new objects which, in turn, we immolate. The means to every crime is ours, and we employ them all, we multiply the horror a hundredfold.     

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Any punishment that does not correct, that can merely rouse rebellion in whoever has to endure it, is a piece of gratuitous infamy which makes those who impose it more guilty in the eyes of humanity, good sense and reason, nay a hundred times more guilty than the victim on whom the punishment is inflicted.     

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Certain souls may seem harsh to others, but it is just a way, beknownst only to them, of caring and feeling more deeply.     

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There is no more lively sensation than that of pain; its impressions are certain and dependable, they never deceive as may those of the pleasure women perpetually feign and almost never experience.     

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All universal moral principles are idle fancies.     

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

Marquis De Sade