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" 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. "
" All universal moral principles are idle fancies. "
" 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. "
" Destruction, hence, like creation, is one of Nature's mandates. "
" 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. "
" In order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice. "
" It is always by way of pain one arrives at pleasure. "
" It is not my mode of thought that has caused my misfortunes, but the mode of thought of others. "
" I've already told you: the only way to a woman's heart is along the path of torment. I know none other as sure. "
" 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. "
" Lust's passion will be served; it demands, it militates, it tyrannizes. "
" My manner of thinking, so you say, cannot be approved. Do you suppose I care? A poor fool indeed is he who adopts a manner of thinking for others! "
" No lover, if he be of good faith, and sincere, will deny he would prefer to see his mistress dead than unfaithful. "
" One is never so dangerous when one has no shame, than when one has grown too old to blush. "
" Religions are the cradles of despotism. "
" Sensual excess drives out pity in man. "
" 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. "
" Social order at the expense of liberty is hardly a bargain. "
" The idea of God is the sole wrong for which I cannot forgive mankind. "
" 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? "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" They declaim against the passions without bothering to think that it is from their flame philosophy lights its torch. "
" Variety, multiplicity are the two most powerful vehicles of lust. "
" Your body is the church where Nature asks to be reverenced. "
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