Marquis De Sade

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Marquis De Sade

Marquis De Sade

All, all is theft, all is unceasing and rigorous competition in nature; the desire to make off with the substance of others is the foremost -- the most legitimate -- passion nature has bred into us and, without doubt, the most agreeable one.More Marquis De Sade [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The mechanism that directs government cannot be virtuous, because it is impossible to thwart every crime, to protect oneself from every criminal without being criminal too; that which directs corrupt mankind must be corrupt itself; and it will never be by means of virtue, virtue being inert and passive, that you will maintain control over vice, which is ever active: the governor must be more energetic than the governed.More Marquis De Sade [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Evil is a moral entity and not a created one, an eternal and not a perishable entity: it existed before the world; it constituted the monstrous, the execrable being who was also to fashion such a hideous world. It will hence exist after the creatures which people this world.More Marquis De Sade [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Nature, who for the perfect maintenance of the laws of her general equilibrium, has sometimes need of vices and sometimes of virtues, inspires now this impulse, now that one, in accordance with what she requires.More Marquis De Sade [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
No lover, if he be of good faith, and sincere, will deny he would prefer to see his mistress dead than unfaithful.More Marquis De Sade [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Marquis De Sade [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Are not laws dangerous which inhibit the passions? Compare the centuries of anarchy with those of the strongest legalism in any country you like and you will see that it is only when the laws are silent that the greatest actions appear.More Marquis De Sade [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Marquis De Sade [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Those laws, being forged for universal application, are in perpetual conflict with personal interest, just as personal interest is always in contradiction with the general interest. Good for society, our laws are very bad for the individuals whereof it is composed; for, if they one time protect the individual, they hinder, trouble, fetter him for three quarters of his life.More Marquis De Sade [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Humane sentiments are baseless, mad, and improper; they are incredibly feeble; never do they withstand the gainsaying passions, never do they resist bare necessity.More Marquis De Sade [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Every principle is a judgment, every judgment the outcome of experience, and experience is only acquired by the exercise of the senses; whence it follows that religious principles bear upon nothing whatever and are not in the slightest innate. Ignorance and fear, you will repeat to them, ignorance and fear -- those are the twin bases of every religion.More Marquis De Sade [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The ultimate triumph of philosophy would be to cast light upon the mysterious ways in which Providence moves to achieve the designs it has for man.More Marquis De Sade [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Murder is a horror, but an often necessary horror, never criminal, which it is essential to tolerate in a republican State. Is it or is it not a crime? If it is not, why make laws for its punishment? And if it is, by what barbarous logic do you, to punish it, duplicate it by another crime?More Marquis De Sade [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To judge from the notions expounded by theologians, one must conclude that God created most men simply with a view to crowding hell.More Marquis De Sade [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Religions are the cradles of despotism.More Marquis De Sade [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Marquis De Sade [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Never may an act of possession be exercised upon a free being; the exclusive possession of a woman is no less unjust than the possession of slaves; all men are born free, all have equal rights: never should we lose sight of those principles; according to which never may there be granted to one sex the legitimate right to lay monopolizing hands upon the other, and never may one of the sexes, or classes, arbitrarily possess the other.More Marquis De Sade [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
So long as the laws remain such as they are today, employ some discretion: loud opinion forces us to do so; but in privacy and silence let us compensate ourselves for that cruel chastity we are obliged to display in public.More Marquis De Sade [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Sex is as important as eating or drinking and we ought to allow the one appetite to be satisfied with as little restraint or false modesty as the other.More Marquis De Sade [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is no God, Nature sufficeth unto herself; in no wise hath she need of an author.More Marquis De Sade [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Dread not infanticide; the crime is imaginary: we are always mistress of what we carry in our womb, and we do no more harm in destroying this kind of matter than in evacuating another, by medicines, when we feel the need.More Marquis De Sade [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The more defects a man may have, the older he is, the less lovable, the more resounding his success.More Marquis De Sade [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Wolves which batten upon lambs, lambs consumed by wolves, the strong who immolate the weak, the weak victims of the strong: there you have Nature, there you have her intentions, there you have her scheme: a perpetual action and reaction, a host of vices, a host of virtues, in one word, a perfect equilibrium resulting from the equality of good and evil on earth.More Marquis De Sade [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
She had already allowed her delectable lover to pluck that flower which, so different from the rose to which it is nevertheless sometimes compared, has not the same faculty of being reborn each spring.More Marquis De Sade [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Lycurgus, Numa, Moses, Jesus Christ, Mohammed, all these great rogues, all these great thought-tyrants, knew how to associate the divinities they fabricated with their own boundless ambition.More Marquis De Sade [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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