Russell and Duenes

“men who are indifferent”

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I’m a lover of quotes, so I had to post this one by Blaise Pascal. Sobering, to say the least.

“Nothing is so important to man as his state: nothing more fearful than eternity. Thus the fact that there exist men who are indifferent to the loss of their being and peril of an eternity of wretchedness is against nature. With everything else they are quite different. they fear the most trifling things, foresee and feel them; and the same man who spends so many days and nights in fury and despair at losing some office or at some-imaginary affront to his honor is the very one who knows that he is going to lose everything through death but feels neither anxiety nor emotion. It is a monstrous thing to see one and the same heart once so sensitive to minor things and so strangely insensitive to the greatest. An inevitable death, which threatens us at every moment, must infallibly in a few years face us with the inescapable and appalling alternative of being annihilated or wretched for all eternity.” Pensees 427, 432

HT: William J Tsamis


Written by Michael Duenes

July 17, 2009 at 9:50 pm

Posted in Duenes, Reflections

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  1. Great quote, funny I posted a Pascal today also. strange!


    July 19, 2009 at 8:40 pm

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