Man is obviously made to think. It is his whole dignity and his whole merit; and his whole duty is to think as he ought. Now, the order of thought is to begin with self, and with its Author and its end. Now, of what does the world think? Never of this, but of dancing, playing the lute, singing, making verses, running at the ring, etc., fighting, making oneself king, without thinking what it is to be a king and what to be a man. - Pensées
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Pensées The charm of fame is so great, that we like every object to which it is attached, even death.
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Pensées If our condition were truly happy we should not need to divert ourselves from thinking about it.
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