Quote Of The Day: Diderot

5 10 2008

“Wandering in a vast forest at night, I have only a faint light to guide me. A stranger appears and says to me: ‘My friend, you should blow out your candle in order to find your way more clearly.’ This stranger is a theologian.”

— Denis Diderot, Addition to Philosophical Thoughts (c. 1762)



3 responses

5 10 2008

Isn’t that a bit too early in history to be not considered heresy and thus a cause for execution?

5 10 2008

Depending on where one says it, I’m not entirely sure one wouldn’t be executed for saying the same thing today.

6 10 2008

Well, I was assuming either Europe or the new World, but I can’t really say.

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