"If there is one realm in which it is essential to be sublime, it is in wickedness. You spit on a petty thief, but you can't deny a kind of respect for the great criminal."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Denis Diderot on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Denis Diderot on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Denis Diderot on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Denis Diderot on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Denis Diderot on Abraham Lincoln
"When superstition is allowed to perform the task of old age in dulling the human temperament, we can say goodbye to all excellence in poetry, in painting, and in music."
"Genius is present in every age, but the men carrying it within them remain benumbed unless extraordinary events occur to heat up and melt the mass so that it flows forth."
"When science, art, literature, and philosophy are simply the manifestation of personality they are on a level where glorious and dazzling achievements are possible, which can make a man's name live for thousands of years."
"The best doctor is the one you run to and can't find."
"There are things I can't force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint."