Who needs a digital camera, iPhone, or Adobe Photoshop when you’ve got slick painters like they did for Blaise Pascal (1623-62) and his I-just-stepped-out-of-a-salon hairdo? Although people tend to groan when you drop names like Plato, Aristotle, Confucius, and Pascal, there’s a reason these guys are still read today. For me, Pascal’s Pensées is truly one of the most profound books I’ve ever read – and easy to read because it’s essentially a bunch of one- and two-sentence philosophical/religious “thoughts.”
There are many excerpts I could pick for today, but in light of the current political climate in the U.S., I felt this one was especially apropos.
“Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.”