Denis Diderot Quote
To attempt the destruction of our passions is the height of folly. What a noble aim is that of the zealot who tortures himself like a madman in order to desire nothing, love nothing, feel nothing, and who, if he succeeded, would end up a complete monster!
Ch. 5, as quoted in Selected Writings (1966) edited by Lester G. Crocker - Pensées Philosophiques (1746)