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The law which attempts a man's life is impractical, unjust, inadmissible. It has never repressed crime -- for a second crime is every day committed at the foot of the scaffold.

MARQUIS DE SADE, Philosophy in the Bedroom

"Sex" is as important as eating or drinking and we ought to allow the one appetite to be satisfied with as little restraint or false modesty as the other.

MARQUIS DE SADE, L'Histoire de Juliette

Cruelty, very far from being a vice, is the first sentiment Nature injects in us all.

MARQUIS DE SADE, Philosophy in the Bedroom

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, Philosophy in the Bedroom

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.

MARQUIS DE SADE, L'Histoire de Juliette

I think that if there were a God, there would be less evil on this earth. I believe that if evil exists here below, then either it was willed by God or it was beyond His powers to prevent it. Now I cannot bring myself to fear a God who is either spiteful or weak. I defy Him without fear and care not a fig for his thunderbolts.

MARQUIS DE SADE, Justine or The Misfortunes of Virtue

The horrors of wedlock, the most appalling, the most loathsome of all the bonds humankind has devised for its own discomfort and degradation.

MARQUIS DE SADE, L'Histoire de Juliette, ou les Prospérités

If it is the dirty element that gives pleasure to the act of lust, then the dirtier it is, the more pleasurable it is bound to be.

MARQUIS DE SADE, The 120 Days of Sodom

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, attributed, Lust: A Dictionary for the Insatiable

Lust's passion will be served; it demands, it militates, it tyrannizes.

MARQUIS DE SADE, attributed, Memorable Quotations: French Writers of the Past


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