24 October 2009

Taking Stock of Our Place in Time and Space

Let us, then, take our compass;

we are something, [but]...we are not everything.

The nature of our existence hides from us the knowledge of first beginnings which are born of the nothing;

and the littleness of our being conceals from us the sight of the infinite.

Our intellect holds the same position in the world of thought as our body occupies in the expanse of nature.

  • Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) The Columbia World of Quotations. 1996.