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Pascal's Pensees

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Author: Blaise Pascal
Published: 1670
Language: English
Wordcount: 109,085 / 338 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 50.5
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 6,326
Added to site: 2006.04.28 13512
Genres: Essays, Religion

With an introduction by T.S. Eliot, published 1958.

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planation of this apparent miracle. It is true that the miracle happened at Port-Royal, and that it arrived opportunely to revive the depressed spirits of the community in its political afflictions; and it is likely that Pascal was the more inclined to believe a miracle which was performed upon his beloved sister. In any case, it probably led him to assign a place to miracles, in his study of faith, which is not quite that which we should give to them ourselves.

Now the great adversary against whom Pascal set himself, from the time of his first conversations with M. de Saci at Port-Royal, was Montaigne. One cannot destroy Pascal, certainly; but of all authors Montaigne is one of the least destructible. You could as well dissipate a fog by flinging hand-grenades into it. For Montaigne is a fog, a gas, a fluid, insidious element. He does not reason, he insinuates, charms, and influences; or if he reasons, you must be prepared for his having some other design upon you than to convince you by his argument.

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