Quotation by Denis Diderot

Jacques said that his master said that everything good or evil we encounter here below was written on high.
Denis Diderot (1713–1784), French philosopher, encyclopedist, dramatist, novelist, art critic. Jacques the Fatalist (Jacques le Fataliste) (1796), introductory paragraph, Paris, Garnier Flammarion (1970).

Picaresque novel; Jacques is ironically quoting his master in the preamble to the novel.
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