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Pensées by Blaise Pascal

Pensées by Blaise Pascal is a thought-provoking and engaging collection of fragments that offers deep insights into human nature, faith, and philosophy. Pascal's exploration of the human condition delves into the complexities of faith and reason, challenging readers to think critically about their beliefs and values.

The book is divided into various sections that cover a wide range of topics, from the nature of God to the fragility of human existence. Pascal's writing style is intricate and eloquent, making each fragment a rich and rewarding read. His reflections on the human experience are profound and thought-provoking, prompting readers to ponder the deeper questions of life and existence.

One of the most compelling aspects of Pensées is Pascal's candid and honest approach to discussing doubt and uncertainty. Through his musings, he encourages readers to embrace the complexities of faith and to grapple with the inherent contradictions and paradoxes of the human experience.

Overall, Pensées is a timeless and profound work that continues to resonate with readers today. Pascal's keen observations and philosophical insights make this book a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the depths of human consciousness and spirituality.

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Pascal’s Pensées is widely considered to be a masterpiece, and a landmark in French prose. When commenting on one particular section (Thought #72), Sainte-Beuve praised it as the finest pages in the French language. Will Durant, in his 11-volume, comprehensive The Story of Civilization series, hailed it as “the most eloquent book in French prose.” In Pensées, Pascal surveys several philosophical paradoxes: infinity and nothing, faith and reason, soul and matter, death and life, meaning and vanity—seemingly arriving at no definitive conclusions besides humility, ignorance, and grace. Rolling these into one he develops Pascal’s Wager.

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