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Marquis de Sade The Marquis de Sade came from the aristocracy of French society that he was to scandalise for much of his adult life. A self confessed libertine whose morally unrestrained outlook on life was not something he tried to hide away from the world as he was a philosopher and writer who knew no restraint. Now writing about debauchery may have raised a few 18th century Parisian eyebrows but actually carrying out the very deeds in real life nearly saw the guillotine raised above his neck such was the level of scandal he immersed himself in. Indeed, many writers showing interest in the Marquis de Sade have speculated that he carried out his sordid antics before he actually wrote about them in his novels. He was sentenced to death in his absence for poisoning and sodomising prostitutes and fled to Italy to escape the blade, de Sade was eventually caught although he eluded his date with the guillotine on appeal. His childhood did not make for happy reading as although he came from wealthy and respected family his father abandoned the family and he was sent away to various schools where corporal punishment in the form of whipping was the result for even the most minor insubordinations. The young Marquis sensed the glee and the satisfation from his punishers and he took this into his adult life and became obsessed with dominating his sexual partners and giving them a jolly good whipping, preferably after they were tied up by all fours. Indeed the Marquis first scandal and incarceration involved tying up and whipping a poor unsuspecting servant girl called Rose Keller. This was the first of many tales about the sexual deviance of the Marquis and he was to spend more than 30 years of his life in various prison and lunatic asylums where he penned a great deal of his major works. I love philosophers as they always make fascinating reading and the depth of meaning in de Sade's quotes is something to behold, so here is my compilation of 14 of the best Marquis de Sade quotes.
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Donatien Alphonse Fran├žois de Sade
  • Born: 2nd June 1740, Paris, France
  • Died: 2nd December 1814, Charenton, Val-de-Marne, France
  • Influenced: Marquis de Sade has influenced a great number of people including; French philosopher Michel Foucault, movie director John Waters, German philosopher Wilhelm Nietzsche and French novelist Gustave Flaubert to name but a few
  • Occupation: Writer, philosopher and philanderer
  • Inspired: The term sadism is said to have derived from his name with the German psychiatrist Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing being inspired to first use the word in 1886
  • Famous works: The libertine novels The 120 Days of Sodom (1785) and Philosophy in the Boudoir (1795)
  • Trivia: His books were burnt after being labeled obscene and even Napoleon Bonaparte imprisoned him in 1801 for writing his novel Justine and Juliette

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

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"Nothing we can do outrages Nature directly. Our acts of destruction give her new vigour and feed her energy, but none of our wreckings can weaken her power"

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"There is a sum of evil equal to the sum of good, the continuing equilibrium of the world requires that there be as many good people as wicked people"

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"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"

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"One must do violence to the object of one's desire; When it surrenders, the pleasure is greater"

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

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"It is far less essential to understand nature than to enjoy and respect its laws"

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

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"Conversation, like certain portions of the anatomy, always runs more smoothly when lubricated"

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"Crime is the soul of lust. What would pleasure be if it were not accompanied by crime?"

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"It is not the object of debauchery that excites us, rather the idea of evil"

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"Religions are the cradles of despotism"

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

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

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