Your body is the church where Nature asks to be reverenced.
Lust's passion will be served; it demands, it militates, it tyrannizes.
Lust is to the other passions what the nervous fluid is to life; it supports them all, lends strength to them all ambition, cruelty, avarice, revenge, are all founded on lust.
There is no more lively sensation than that of pain; its impressions are certain and dependable, they never deceive as may those of the pleasure women perpetually feign and almost never experience.
It is always by way of pain one arrives at pleasure.
The imagination is the spur of delights... all depends upon it, it is the mainspring of everything; now, is it not by means of the imagination one knows joy? Is it not of the imagination that the sharpest pleasures arise?
Variety, multiplicity are the two most powerful vehicles of lust.
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.
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.
The idea of God is the sole wrong for which I cannot forgive mankind.
Man's natural character is to imitate; that of the sensitive man is to resemble as closely as possible the person whom he loves. It is only by imitating the vices of others that I have earned my misfortunes.
What is more immoral than war?
'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.
No lover, if he be of good faith, and sincere, will deny he would prefer to see his mistress dead than unfaithful.
In order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice.
Social order at the expense of liberty is hardly a bargain.
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!
All universal moral principles are idle fancies.
One is never so dangerous when one has no shame, than when one has grown too old to blush.
'Til the infallibility of human judgements shall have been proved to me, I shall demand the abolition of the penalty of death.
She had already allowed her delectable lover to pluck that flower which, so different from the rose to which it is nevertheless sometimes compared, has not the same faculty of being reborn each spring.
It is not my mode of thought that has caused my misfortunes, but the mode of thought of others.
Between understanding and faith immediate connections must subsist.
Truth titillates the imagination far less than fiction.