In order to shake a hypothesis, it is sometimes not necessary to do anything more than push it as far as it will go.
The thought of [our] destruction is like a light in the middle of the night that spreads its flames on the objects it will soon consume. We must get used to contemplating this light, since it announces nothing that has not been prepared by all that comes before; and since death is as natural as life, why should be so afraid of it?
…qui siedo sempre come un maestoso cazzo fra duoi coglioni. […I always sit here like a majestic prick between two balls.]
I give my mind the liberty to follow the first wise or foolish idea that presents itself, just as in the avenue de Foy our dissolute youths follow close on the heels of some strumpet, then leave her to pursue another, attacking all of them and attaching themselves to none. My thoughts are my strumpets.
There are two public prosecutors, and one of them is at your door, punishing crimes against society; the other is nature herself. She is familiar with all those vices that escape the law.
Pithy sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory.
Indeed, the purpose of an encyclopedia is to collect knowledge disseminated around the globe; to set forth its general system to the men with whom we live, and transmit it to those who will come after us, so that the work of preceding centuries will not become useless to the centuries to come; and so that our offspring, becoming better instructed, will at the same time become more virtuous and happy, and that we should not die without having rendered a service to the human race in the future years to come.
Oh! how near are genius and madness! Men imprison them and chain them, or raise statues to them.
Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.