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There is nothing so distressing as the consolations to be drawn from the necessity of evil, the uselessness of remedies, the inevitability of fate, and the wretchedness of the human condition. It is a mockery to try to lessen an evil by recalling that man is miserable; how much better it is to raise the mind away from such reflections and to treat man as a feeling, rather than a reasoning being.

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Source Notes: Letter 33 (Usbek to Rhedi, at Venice, Paris, the 25th of the moon of Zilcade, 1713), The Persian Letters (1721), trans. George R. Healy (1964).

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