Quotation by Cyril Connolly

If Montaigne is a man in the prime of life sitting in his study on a warm morning and putting down the sum of his experience in his rich, sinewy prose, then Pascal is that same man lying awake in the small hours of the night when death seems very close and every thought is heightened by the apprehension that it may be his last.
Cyril Connolly (1903–1974), British critic. "French and English Cultural Relations," The Condemned Playground, Macmillan (1945).
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