„By annihilating the desires, you annihilate the mind. Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act.“

En anéantissant les désirs, on anéantit l'âme, & tout homme sans passion n'a en lui ni principe d'action, ni motif pour se mouvoir.
A Treatise on Man: His Intellectual Faculties & His Education, Vol. I (1773)

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En anéantissant les désirs, on anéantit l'âme, & tout homme sans passion n'a en lui ni principe d'action, ni motif pour se mouvoir.

A Treatise on Man: His Intellectual Faculties & His Education, Vol. I (1773)

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