42 (forty-two) Quotations by Marquis de Sade
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"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.
'Til the infallibility of human judgements shall have been proved to me, I shall demand the abolition of the penalty of death.
All universal moral principles are idle fancies.
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.
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.
Are wars anything but the means whereby a nation is nourished, whereby it is strengthened, whereby it is buttressed?
Between understanding and faith immediate connections must subsist.
Destruction, hence, like creation, is one of Nature's mandates.
Happiness is ideal, it is the work of the imagination.
Happiness lies neither in vice nor in virtue; but in the manner we appreciate the one and the other, and the choice we make pursuant to our individual organization.
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