“The sensibility of man to trifles, and his insensibility to great things, indicates a strange inversion.
“Truth is so obscure in these times and falsehood so established that unless one loves the truth, he cannot know it.
“Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves.
“The eternal silence of these infinite spaces fills me with dread.
“All the miseries of mankind come from one thing, not knowing how to remain alone.
“I have made this letter longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter.
“Our heart has its reasons that reason cannot know.
“I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room.
“Few friendships would survive if each one knew what his friend says of him behind his back.
“We think very little of time present; we anticipate the future, as being too slow, and with a view to hasten it onward, we recall the past to stay it as too swiftly gone. We are so thoughtless, that we thus wander through the hours which are not here, regardless only of the moment that is actually our own.
French mathematician and philosopher and Jansenist; invented an adding machine; contributed (with Fermat) to the theory of probability (1623-1662)
“I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
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