There is a way out of a forest, there is none out of a cloister; a man is free in the forest but he is a slave in the cloister. It may well be that greater strength of character is needed for standing up to solitude than to poverty, for if poverty degrades us segregation depraves.
 Denis Diderot, The Nun (1796). copy citation

Author Denis Diderot
Source The Nun
Topic loneliness misery depravity
Date 1796
Language English
Note Translated by Leonard Tancock
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