Quotation by Blaise Pascal

What a chimera then is man. What a novelty! What a monster, what a chaos, what a contradiction, what a prodigy. Judge of all things, imbecile worm of the earth; depositary of truth, a sink of uncertainty and error: the pride and refuse of the universe.
Blaise Pascal (1623–1662), French mathematician, scientist, philosopher. Pensées, no. 131, p. 212, Selections, ed. R.H. Popkin, Macmillan, New York (1989).

The Pensées are diverse writings and notes that Pascal left at the time of his death. They are the classic presentation of his ideas.
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