So wretched is man that he would weary even without any cause for weariness from the peculiar state of his disposition; and so fri volous is he that, though full of a thousand causes for weariness, the least thing, such as playing billiards or hitting a ball, is sufficient to amuse him.

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Our senses perceive no extreme. Too much sound deafens us; too much light dazzles us; too great distance or proximity hinders our view. Too great length and too great brevity of discourse tends to obscurity; too much truth is paralyzing.... In short, extremes are for us as though they were not, and we are not within their notice. They escape us, or we them.

Blaise Pascal extremes moderation truth

Since [man] is infinitely removed from comprehending the extremes, the end of things and their beginning are hopelessly hidden fro m him in an impenetrable secret; he is equally incapable of seeing the nothing from which he was made, and the infinite in which he is swallowed up.

Blaise Pascal infinity knowledge extremes

What is man in nature? A nothing in comparison with the infinite, an all in comparison with the nothing--a mean between nothing an d everything.

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When we read too fast or too slowly, we understand nothing.... Too much and too little wine--give him none, he cannot find truth; give him too much, the same.

Blaise Pascal extremes moderation

Eloquence is a way of saying things in such a way, first, that those to whom we speak may listen to them without pain and with ple asure, and second, that they feel themselves interested, so that self-love leads them more willingly to reflection upon it.

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