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Denis Diderot
(1713-1784) born on
Oct 05
French editor, philosopher. He edited the first modern "Encyclopedia," 1745.
         
   
F
There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge . . . observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.

R
Our observation of nature must be diligent, our reflection profound, and our experiments exact. We rarely see these three means combined; and for this reason, creative geniuses are not common.
A
Genius is present in every age, but the men carrying it within them remain benumbed unless extraordinary events occur to heat up and melt the mass so that it flows forth.
N
In order to shake a hypothesis, it is sometimes not necessary to do anything more than push it as far as it will go.
K
Distance is a great promoter of admiration!
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "On the Interpretation of Nature," 1753.
R: "On the Interpretation of Nature," 1753.
A: "On Dramatic Poetry," 1758.
N: "On the Interpretation of Nature," 1753.
K: In "Correct Quotes for DOS," WordStar International, 1991.
   


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