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...are fools to depend upon the society of our fellow-men. Wretched as we are, powerless as we are, they will not aid us; we shall die alone. We should therefore act as if we were alone, and in that case should we build fine houses, etc.? We should seek the truth without hesitation; and, if we refuse it, we show that we value the esteem of men more than the search for truth.
_Instability._--It is a horrible thing to feel all that we possess slipping away.
213Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world.
_Injustice._--That presumption should be joined to meanness is extreme injustice.
To fear death without danger, and not in danger, for one must be a man.
Sudden death alone is feared; hence confessors stay with lords.
An heir finds the title-deeds of his house. Will he say, "Perhaps they are forged?" and neglect to examine them?
_Dungeon._--I approve of not examining the opinion of Copernicus; but this...! It concerns all our life... Pascal, Blaise
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