Pascal: from Thoughts on Religion

I see the terrifying spaces of the universe that enclose me, and I find myself attached to a corner of this vast expanse, without knowing why I am more in this place than in another, nor why this little time that is given me to live is assigned me at this point more than another out of all the eternity that has preceded me and out of all that will follow me.

THOUGHTS ON RELIGION
Pascal

In the original French:

Je vois les effroyables espaces de l’Univers qui m’enferment, et je me trouve attaché à un coin de cette vaste étendue, sans savoir pourquoi je suis plutôt en ce lieu qu’en un autre, ni pourquoi ce peu de temps qui m’est donné à vivre m’est assigné à ce point plutôt qu’un à un autre de toute l’éternité qui m’à précedé, et de toute qui me suive.

PENSEES SUR LA RELIGION
Pascal

ps I would hate anyone to think I spend my leisure hours deep in The Great French Thinkers because I don’t. I just happened to stumble across this very apposite quote whilst reading something else. I am almost as excited at having discovered how to do accents on my mac after all these years. Hooray!

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