Thursday, June 19, 2014

Quote for Today





What a Chimera is man! What a novelty, a monster, a chaos, a contradiction, a prodigy! Judge of all things, and imbecile norm of the earth; depository of truth, and sewer of error and doubt; the glory and refuse of the universe. Who shall unravel this confusion?

—from the Pensées of Blaise Pascal, born on this day in 1623  

2 comments:

smellincoffee said...

Not quite as uplifting as Shakespeare's "what a piece of work" ,but similar in language. I wonder if Pascal was making a deliberate allusion.

James said...

I'm not sure about the possible allusion, but it is not surprising (to me) that Pascal was not as uplifting as Shakespeare.