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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."
         
   
F
Miserable creatures, thrown for a moment on the surface of this little pile of mud, is it decreed that one half of the flock should be the persecutor of the other? Is it for you, mankind, to pronounce on what is good and what is evil?

R
They declaim against the passions without bothering to think that it is from their flame philosophy lights its torch.
A
Truth titillates the imagination far less than fiction.
N
Man's natural character is to imitate; that of the sensitive man is to resemble as closely as possible the person whom he loves. It is only by imitating the vices of others that I have earned my misfortunes.
K
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.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Letter, 26 Jan. 1782, from Vincennes prison (published in Selected Letters, no. 10, ed. by Margaret Crosland, 1965).
R: Delbène, in L'Histoire de Juliette, ou les Prospérités du Vice, pt. 1 (1797).
A: Friar Claude, in L'Histoire de Juliette, ou les Prospérités du Vice, pt. 3 (1797).
N: Letter, 15 Aug. 1781, to his wife from Vincennes prison (published in Selected Letters, no. 9, ed. by Margaret Crosland, 1965).
K: Comte de Bressac, in Justine, ou les Malheurs de la Vertu (1791; 1991, p. 520).
   


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