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Marquis de Sade

Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade, 1740-1814 ,  French writer
Marquis de SadeFrench nobleman whose perverse sexual preferences and erotic writings gave rise to the term sadism. His best-known work is the novel Justine (1791).
Sade was incarcerated in various prisons and an insane asylum for about 32 years of his life. Many of his works were written in prison.

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

Happiness is based on the five senses, while virtue cannot satisfy any of them.

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

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

Is one expected to be a gentleman when one is stiff?

What does one want when one is engaged in the sexual act? That everything around you give you its utter attention, think only of you, care only for you...every man wants to be a tyrant when he fornicates.

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

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

I want to be the victim of his errors.

The idea of God is the sole wrong for which I cannot forgive mankind.

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


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