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Marquis de Sade Quote: “We monsters are necessary to nature also.”

We monsters are necessary to nature also.

— Marquis de Sade



Marquis de Sade Quote: “Sex should be a perfect balance of pain and pleasure. Without that symmetry, sex becomes a routine rather than an indulgence.”

Sex should be a perfect balance of pain and pleasure. Without that symmetry, sex becomes a routine rather than an indulgence.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “Sex without pain is like food without taste.”

Sex without pain is like food without taste.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “Your body is the church where Nature asks to be reverenced.”

Your body is the church where Nature asks to be reverenced.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “Love Is Stronger Than Pride.”

Love Is Stronger Than Pride.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “It is always by way of pain one arrives at pleasure.”

It is always by way of pain one arrives at pleasure.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “I don’t know what the heart is, not I: I only use the word to denote the mind’s frailties.”

I don’t know what the heart is, not I: I only use the word to denote the mind’s frailties.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “I’ve been to Hell. You’ve only read about it.”

I’ve been to Hell. You’ve only read about it.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “Are your convictions so fragile that mine cannot stand in opposition to them? Is your God so illusory that the presence of my Devil reveals his insufficiency?”

Are your convictions so fragile that mine cannot stand in opposition to them? Is your God so illusory that the presence of my Devil reveals his insufficiency?

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “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.”

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



Marquis de Sade Quote: “Either kill me or take me as I am, because I’ll be damned if I ever change.”

Either kill me or take me as I am, because I’ll be damned if I ever change.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “Destruction, hence, like creation, is one of Nature’s mandates.”

Destruction, hence, like creation, is one of Nature’s mandates.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “All universal moral principles are idle fancies.”

All universal moral principles are idle fancies.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “One must do violence to the object of one’s desire; when it surrenders, the pleasure is greater.”

One must do violence to the object of one’s desire; when it surrenders, the pleasure is greater.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “Lycurgus, Numa, Moses, Jesus Christ, Mohammed, all these great rogues, all these great thought-tyrants, knew how to associate the divinities they fabricated with their own boundless ambition.”

Lycurgus, Numa, Moses, Jesus Christ, Mohammed, all these great rogues, all these great thought-tyrants, knew how to associate the divinities they fabricated with their own boundless ambition.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “Don’t have children: they deform women’s bodies and turn into an enemy 20 years later.”

Don’t have children: they deform women’s bodies and turn into an enemy 20 years later.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “In order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice.”

In order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “And if I were a naughty little boy, the idea is to spank me into good behavior?”

And if I were a naughty little boy, the idea is to spank me into good behavior?

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “Why do you complain of your fate when you could so easily change it?”

Why do you complain of your fate when you could so easily change it?

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “In an age that is utterly corrupt, the best policy is to do as others do.”

In an age that is utterly corrupt, the best policy is to do as others do.

— Marquis de Sade



Marquis de Sade Quote: “Happiness is ideal, it is the work of the imagination.”

Happiness is ideal, it is the work of the imagination.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “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.”

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


Marquis de Sade Quote: “Happiness lies only in that which excites, and the only thing that excites is crime.”

Happiness lies only in that which excites, and the only thing that excites is crime.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “Social order at the expense of liberty is hardly a bargain.”

Social order at the expense of liberty is hardly a bargain.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “Certain souls seem hard because they are capable of strong feelings, and they sometimes go to rather extreme lengths; their apparent unconcern and cruelty are but ways, known only to themselves, of feeling more strongly than others.”

Certain souls seem hard because they are capable of strong feelings, and they sometimes go to rather extreme lengths; their apparent unconcern and cruelty are but ways, known only to themselves, of feeling more strongly than others.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “I want to be the victim of his errors.”

I want to be the victim of his errors.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “Is it not a strange blindness on our part to teach publicly the techniques of warfare and to reward with medals those who prove to be the most adroit killers?”

Is it not a strange blindness on our part to teach publicly the techniques of warfare and to reward with medals those who prove to be the most adroit killers?

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “I’ve already told you: the only way to a woman’s heart is along the path of torment. I know none other as sure.”

I’ve already told you: the only way to a woman’s heart is along the path of torment. I know none other as sure.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “Crime is the soul of lust. What would pleasure be if it were not accompanied by crime? It is not the object of debauchery that excites us, rather the idea of evil.”

Crime is the soul of lust. What would pleasure be if it were not accompanied by crime? It is not the object of debauchery that excites us, rather the idea of evil.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “Crime is to the passions what nervous fluid is to life: it sustains them, it supplies their strength.”

Crime is to the passions what nervous fluid is to life: it sustains them, it supplies their strength.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “Cruelty, very far from being a vice, is the first sentiment Nature injects in us all.”

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

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “True happiness lies in the senses, and virtue gratifies none of them.”

True happiness lies in the senses, and virtue gratifies none of them.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “God strung up his own son like a side of veal. I shudder to think what he would do to me.”

God strung up his own son like a side of veal. I shudder to think what he would do to me.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “No lover, if he be of good faith, and sincere, will deny he would prefer to see his mistress dead than unfaithful.”

No lover, if he be of good faith, and sincere, will deny he would prefer to see his mistress dead than unfaithful.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “To judge from the notions expounded by theologians, one must conclude that God created most men simply with a view to crowding hell.”

To judge from the notions expounded by theologians, one must conclude that God created most men simply with a view to crowding hell.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “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.”

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.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “My passions, concentrated on a single point, resemble the rays of a sun assembled by a magnifying glass: they immediately set fire to whatever object they find in their way.”

My passions, concentrated on a single point, resemble the rays of a sun assembled by a magnifying glass: they immediately set fire to whatever object they find in their way.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “The impossibility of outraging nature is the greatest anguish man can know.”

The impossibility of outraging nature is the greatest anguish man can know.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “Variety, multiplicity are the two most powerful vehicles of lust.”

Variety, multiplicity are the two most powerful vehicles of lust.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “We are no guiltier in following the primative impulses that govern us than is the Nile for her floods or the sea for her waves.”

We are no guiltier in following the primative impulses that govern us than is the Nile for her floods or the sea for her waves.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “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.”

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


Marquis de Sade Quote: “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.”

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.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “I am about to put foward some major ideas; they will be heard and pondered. If not all of them please, surely a few will; in some sort, then, I shall have contributed to the progress of our age, and shall be content.”

I am about to put foward some major ideas; they will be heard and pondered. If not all of them please, surely a few will; in some sort, then, I shall have contributed to the progress of our age, and shall be content.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “Nature, who for the perfect maintenance of the laws of her general equilibrium, has sometimes need of vices and sometimes of virtues, inspires now this impulse, now that one, in accordance with what she requires.”

Nature, who for the perfect maintenance of the laws of her general equilibrium, has sometimes need of vices and sometimes of virtues, inspires now this impulse, now that one, in accordance with what she requires.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “Happiness lies neither in vice nor in virtue; but in the manner we appreciate the one and the other, and the choice we make pursuant to our individual organization.”

Happiness lies neither in vice nor in virtue; but in the manner we appreciate the one and the other, and the choice we make pursuant to our individual organization.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “Sexual pleasure is, I agree, a passion to which all others are subordinate but in which they all unite.”

Sexual pleasure is, I agree, a passion to which all others are subordinate but in which they all unite.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “My manner of thinking, so you say, cannot be approved. Do you suppose I care? A poor fool indeed is he who adopts a manner of thinking for others!”

My manner of thinking, so you say, cannot be approved. Do you suppose I care? A poor fool indeed is he who adopts a manner of thinking for others!

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “I have supported my deviations with reasons; I did not stop at mere doubt; I have vanquished, I have uprooted, I have destroyed everything in my heart that might have interfered with my pleasure.”

I have supported my deviations with reasons; I did not stop at mere doubt; I have vanquished, I have uprooted, I have destroyed everything in my heart that might have interfered with my pleasure.

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “Are wars anything but the means whereby a nation is nourished, whereby it is strengthened, whereby it is buttressed?”

Are wars anything but the means whereby a nation is nourished, whereby it is strengthened, whereby it is buttressed?

— Marquis de Sade


Marquis de Sade Quote: “The most fortunate of persons is he who has the most means to satisfy his vagaries.”

The most fortunate of persons is he who has the most means to satisfy his vagaries.

— Marquis de Sade

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