Born: October 5th, 1713 - Langres, France
Died: July 31st, 1784 - Paris, France
For me, my thoughts are my prostitutes.
- Le neveu de Rameau
There's a bit of testicle at the bottom of our most sublime feelings and our purest tenderness.
- Letter to Étienne Noël Damilaville (1760-11-03)
I picture the vast realm of the sciences as an immense landscape scattered with patches of dark and light. The goal towards which we must work is either to extend the boundaries of the patches of light, or to increase their number. One of these tasks falls to the creative genius; the other requires a sort of sagacity combined with perfectionism.
- Thoughts on the Interpretation of Nature and Other Philosophical Works
"Spirit of the staircase" or "Staircase inspiration"...
This phrase is a famous allusion to the witty remarks one thinks of when it is too late, as when one is leaving a meeting and going down the stairs.
- Paradoxe sur le Comédien (1773-1777)
Scepticism is the first step towards truth.
- Pensées philosophiques
It is better to reveal a weakness than allow oneself be suspected of a vice.
Life is but a series of misunderstandings.
- Jacques the Fatalist