Biography of Famous Atheist Marquis de Sade
About the famous French atheist Marquis de Sade, history and information about the beliefs of the sadist.
MARQUIS DE SADE (1740-1814)
His Person: Nicknamed the "grand marquis" by fashionable Paris, described as "that frenzied pornographer" by Desmond McCarthy. Wrote Justine, which Rousseau warned would damn any girl who read but a single page. Spent a total of 27 years in the prisons or asylums of the Monarchy, the Republic, the Terror, and the Empire, and was hailed by Apollinaire as "the freest spirit that has ever lived." Described himself: "Imperious, choleric, irascible, extreme in everything, with a dissolute imagination . . . atheistic to the point of fanaticism." Attempted one escape from the Bastille. Failing that, he scattered leaflets and called out through an improvised megaphone, urging the populace to storm that prison. Freed by the Revolution of 1790. Imprisoned by the Revolution of 1801. Has been claimed as a precursor to Freud, the surrealists, Baudelaire, the existentialists, Nietzsche, and Stirner. Wrote: Justine, Juliette, Philosophy in the Bed-room. The word "sadism" is based on his name.
His Belief: ". . . Anything beyond the limits and grasp of the human mind is either illusion or futility; and because your god having to be one or the other of the 2, in the 1st instance I should be mad to believe in him, and in the 2nd a fool."
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