Marquis de Sade Quotes

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Born: June 2, 1740, Paris, France
Birth Country: France
Died: Charenton, France, December 2, 1814
Occupation: Author

1.
'Til the infallibility of human judgements shall have been proved to me, I shall demand the abolition of the penalty of death.
- Marquis de Sade

2.
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.
- Marquis de Sade

3.
Between understanding and faith immediate connections must subsist.
- Marquis de Sade

4.
Destruction, hence, like creation, is one of Nature's mandates.
- Marquis de Sade

5.
Happiness is ideal, it is the work of the imagination.
- Marquis de Sade

6.
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.
- Marquis de Sade

7.
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.
- Marquis de Sade

8.
Nature has not got two voices, you know, one of them condemning all day what the other commands.
- Marquis de Sade

9.
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.
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10.
Never lose sight of the fact that all human felicity lies in man's imagination, and that he cannot think to attain it unless he heeds all his caprices. The most fortunate of persons is he who has the most means to satisfy his vagaries.
- Marquis de Sade

11.
No lover, if he be of good faith, and sincere, will deny he would prefer to see his mistress dead than unfaithful.
- Marquis de Sade

12.
The imagination is the spur of delights... all depends upon it, it is the mainspring of everything now, is it not by means of the imagination one knows joy? Is it not of the imagination that the sharpest pleasures arise?
- Marquis de Sade

13.
The more defects a man may have, the older he is, the less lovable, the more resounding his success.
- Marquis de Sade

14.
The primary and most beautiful of Nature's qualities is motion, which agitates her at all times, but this motion is simply a perpetual consequence of crimes, she conserves it by means of crimes only.
- Marquis de Sade

15.
There is no God, Nature sufficeth unto herself in no wise hath she need of an author.
- Marquis de Sade

16.
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.
- Marquis de Sade

17.
To judge from the notions expounded by theologians, one must conclude that God created most men simply with a view to crowding hell.
- Marquis de Sade

18.
Truth titillates the imagination far less than fiction.
- Marquis de Sade

19.
What is more immoral than war?
- Marquis de Sade

20.
Your body is the church where Nature asks to be reverenced.
- Marquis de Sade

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