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Man is only a reed, the weakest in nature; but he is a thinking reed. There is no need for the whole universe to take up arms to crush him: a vapor, a drop of water is enough to kill him. But even if the universe were to crush him, man would still be nobler than his slayer, because he knows that he is dying and the advantage the universe has over him. The universe knows nothing of this.

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Blaise Pascal

French mathematician and philosopher and Jansenist; invented an adding machine; contributed (with Fermat) to the theory of probability (1623-1662)

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el hombre es sólo una caña, la más débil de la naturaleza; pero es una caña pensante. no hace falta que todo el universo se levante en armas para aplastarlo: un vapor, una gota de agua basta para matarlo. pero incluso si el universo lo aplastara, el hombre aún sería más noble que su asesino, porque sabe que se está muriendo y la ventaja que el universo tiene sobre él. el universo no sabe nada de esto.

人只是芦苇,自然界最弱。但他是思想的芦苇。整个宇宙都不需要举起手臂来粉碎他:蒸气,一滴水足以杀死他。但是即使宇宙要粉碎他,人类仍然会比他的杀手高尚,因为他知道自己快死了,而且宇宙比他有优势。宇宙对此一无所知。

人只是蘆葦,自然界最弱。但他是思想的蘆葦。整個宇宙都不需要舉起手臂來粉碎他:蒸氣,一滴水足以殺死他。但是即使宇宙要粉碎他,人類仍然會比他的殺手高尚,因為他知道自己快死了,而且宇宙比他有優勢。宇宙對此一無所知。

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