>“Even the so-called intellectuals believe his pronounce-ments. Since he said so, it must be so. If there were real virtue in the world, as you say there is, would it survive upon such absurd means; would it be through the mouth of such rascals that it would show itself? Could not the mover of the stars in heaven influence men’s hearts itself; could it not engrave in the center of heaven the laws that would please all men from one corner of the earth to the other? Would your precious virtue indicate his desires only to this idol of yours, this vilest menial and craftiest rogue living in an ignored corner of Asia? No, Therese, I would rather die a thousand times than fall for such tripe!"
>"Oh, sirl" Justine replied, “would you deprive an unfortunate girl of her one sweet hope; would you crush within her heart her one consolation? I firmly believe that blows levelled at virtue are mostly due to the effects of lust and dissipation. How can I sacrifice the dearest flower of my mind, the dearest pearl of my heart to such blasphemies, to such horrible sophism"
This isn't a dig at Nietzsche btw; merely a reminder that even the good g*rmoid philolzolzolozlsophers ripped off the french.