Pascal's Pensées eBook

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[14] P. 10, l. 23. Ne quid nimis.—­Nothing in excess, a celebrated
     maxim in ancient Greek philosophy.

[15] P. 11, l. 26. That epigram about two one-eyed people.—­M.  Havet
     points out that this is not Martial’s, but is to be found in
     Epigrammatum Delectus, published by Port-Royal in 1659.

Lumine AEon dextro, capta est Leonilla sinistro, Et potis est forma vincere uterque deos.  Blande puer, lumen quod habes concede parenti, Sic tu caecus Amor, sic erit ilia Venus.

[16] P. 11, l. 29. Ambitiosa recidet ornamenta.—­Horace, De Arte
, 447.

[17] P. 13, l. 2. Cartesian.—­One who follows the philosophy of
     Descartes (1596-1650), “the father of modern philosophy.”

[18] P. 13, l. 8. Le Maitre.—­A famous French advocate in Pascal’s
     time.  His Plaidoyers el Harangues appeared in 1657. Plaidoyer
is entitled Pour un fils mis en religion par force, and on
     the first page occurs the word repandre:  “Dieu qui repand des
     aveuglements et des tenebres sur les passions illegitimes.

     Pascal’s reference is probably to this passage.

[19] P. 13, l. 12. The Cardinal.—­Mazarin.  He was one of those
     statesmen who do not like condolences.

[20] P. 14, l. 12. Saint Thomas.—­Thomas Aquinas (1223-74), one of the
     greatest scholastic philosophers.

[21] P. 14, l. 16. Charron.—­A friend of Montaigne.  His Traite de la
(1601), which is not a large book, contains 117 chapters,
     each of which is subdivided.

[22] P. 14, l. 17. Of the confusion of Montaigne.—­The Essays of
     Montaigne follow each other without any kind of order.

[23] P. 14, l. 27. Mademoiselle de Gournay.—­The adopted daughter of
     Montaigne.  She published in 1595 an edition of his Essais, and,
     in a Preface (added later), she defends him on this point.

[24] P. 15, l. 1. People without eyes.—­Montaigne, Essais, ii, 12.

[25] P. 15, l. 1. Squaring the circle.—­Ibid., ii, 14.

[26] P. 15, l. 1. A greater world.—­Ibid., ii, 12.

[27] P. 15, l. 2. On suicide and on death.—­Ibid., ii, 3.

[28] P. 15, l. 3. Without fear and without repentance.—­Ibid., iii.,

[29] P. 15, l. 7. (730, 231).—­These two references of Pascal are to the
     edition of the Essais of Montaigne, published in 1636.

[30] P. 16, l. 32. The centre which is everywhere, and the
     circumference nowhere.
—­M.  Havet traces this saying to Empedocles. 
     Pascal must have read it in Mlle de Gournay’s preface to her
     edition of Montaigne’s Essais.

[31] P. 18, l. 33. I will speak of the whole.—­This saying of
     Democritus is quoted by Montaigne, Essais, ii, 12.

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