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Marquis de Sade
(1740-1814) born on
Jun 02
French novelist. He was the author of erotic writings that gave rise to the term sadism; wrote "Justine."
It is only by enlarging the scope of one's tastes and one's fantasies, by sacrificing everything to pleasure, that that unfortunate individual called man, thrown despite himself into this sad world, can succeed in gathering a few roses . . .

How delightful are the pleasures of the imagination! In those delectable moments, the whole world is ours; not a single creature resists us, we devastate the world, we repopulate it with new objects which, in turn, we immolate.
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.
It is certain that stealing nourishes courage, strength, skill, tact, in a word, all the virtues useful to a republican system and consequently to our own. Lay partiality aside, and answer me: is theft, whose effect is to distribute wealth more evenly,
For mortal men there is but one hell, and that is the folly and wickedness and spite of his fellows; but once his life is over, there's an end to it: his annihilation is final and entire, of him nothing survives.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Philosophy in the Bedroom, "To Libertines" (1795).
R: Belmor, in L'Histoire de Juliette, ou les Prospérités du Vice, pt. 3 (1797).
A: The Misfortunes of Virtue (1787), opening lines.
N: Dolmancé, in Philosophy in the Bedroom, "Dialogue the Fifth: Yet Another Effort, Frenchmen, If You Would Become Republicans" (1795).
K: Mme Clairwill, in L'Histoire de Juliette, ou les Prospérités du Vice, pt. 2 (1797).

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