We do not content ourselves with the life we have in ourselves and in our own being; we desire to live an imaginary life in the mind of others, and for this purpose we endeavor to shine. We labor unceasingly to adorn and preserve this imaginary existence, and neglect the real. ...we would willingly be cowards in order to acquire the reputation of being brave. ...For he would be infamous who would not die to preserve his honor. - Pensées
We are so presumptuous that we would wish to be Read more
Man is obviously made to think. It is his whole Read more
Vanity is so anchored in the heart of man that a Read more
Admiration spoils all from infancy. Ah! How well Read more
When I commenced the study of man... I thought at Read more
Pride takes such natural possession of us in the Read more
kings are surrounded with persons who are Read more
Pensées The charm of fame is so great, that we like every object to which it is attached, even death.
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What is it to be superintendent, chancellor Read more
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Pensées He who will know fully the vanity of man has only to consider the causes and effects of love.
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Thus passes away all man's life. Men seek rest in Read more
Pensées If our condition were truly happy we should not need to divert ourselves from thinking about it.
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Diversion.—When I have occasionally set myself t Read more
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