All our dignity lies in thought. Let us strive, then, to think well.

boy looking through reeds

Boy looking through reeds, adding a little whimsy to his space and time

Man is only a reed, the weakest thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed. The whole universe does not need to take up arms to crush him; a vapour, a drop of water, is enough to kill him. But if the universe were to crush him, man would still be nobler than what killed him, because he knows he is dying and the advantage the universe has over him. The universe knows nothing of this.

All our dignity lies in thought. It is from this that we must raise ourselves, and not by space and time, which we cannot fill.

Let us labor, then, to think well. This is the principle of morality.

Between us, and heaven or hell, there is only life, of all things in the world the most frail.


by Blaise Pascal (June 19, 1623 – August 19, 1662)
from a translation of his Pensées
or “Thoughts on Religion”
image – DavidDennisPhotos.com

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