If your little savage were left to himself and be allowed to retain all his ignorance, he would in time join the infant's reasoning to the grown man's passion, he would strangle his father and sleep with his mother.
Denis Diderot (1713–1784), French philosopher, encyclopedist, dramatist, novelist, art critic. First published in French retranslation from Goethe's German translation (1821). Rameau's Nephew (Le Neveu de Rameau), p. 119, Paris, Garnier Flammarion (1983).
Dialogue between Me (alias Diderot) and Him (nephew of composer). Me is making this statement.