Lexicon
Eloquence:
Fluent or persuasive speaking/writing.
Found in Harvard Classics; Blaise Pascal Thoughts.
“Eloquence, which persuades by sweetness, not by authority. As a tyrant. Not as a king.”
The art of persuasion by eloquence is on that invites the beauty of reality to reveal itself. Instead of permitting falsehoods.
Eloquence requires the present and the real; but the present itself must be drawn from the true.
Eloquence is a painting of thought. So the one who keeps coming back to this painting will make a masterpiece in the end.
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“Skeptic for obstinate”
Found in Harvard Classics; Blaise Pascal Thoughts.
Obstinate = stubborn, head strong, pigheaded.
Obstinate fever -> not easily subdued, remedied or removed.
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“Too much and too little wine. Give him none, he cannot find truth, give him too much, the same.”
Found in Harvard Classics; Blaise Pascal Thoughts.
If we see this as a metaphor I think it hints to men being greedy. Once you start with a little you’ll always want more. Don’t have anything, you’ll be fine.
Greed is on of the seven deadly sins for a reason.
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“Rem viderant, causam non viderunt”
Found in Harvard Classics; Blaise Pascal Thoughts.
They saw the thing, not the cause.
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“Ambitiosa recident ornamenta”
Found in Harvard Classics; Blaise Pascal Thoughts.
They cut off superfluous ornament - Horace
Superflous = overflowing, plentiful, generous.
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“I have my foggy and my fine days within me.”
Found in Harvard Classics; Blaise Pascal Thoughts.
This kind of old poetry hits me. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because I know that I have it all in me, even on foggy days. But it is quite frustrating that on foggy days it simply won’t show.
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“Condition of man: inconstancy, weariness, unrest.”
Found in Harvard Classics; Blaise Pascal Thoughts.