The life of the most sublime of men is to nature not of greater importance than that of an oyster  

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"La vie du plus sublime des hommes n'est pas à la nature d'une plus grande importance que celle d'une huître" is a dictum by Marquis de Sade recorded in the third version of Justine published in 1797.

English translation:

"The life of the most sublime of men is to nature not of greater importance than that of an oyster." (tr. J.-W. Geerinck)

The dictum resembles Hume's dictum "the life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster".

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