the septenary (diapholom) wrote,
the septenary

HaVoK fiNaL

Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel
-Voltaire (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. Letters on England, letter 18, "On the Pensées of Pascal" (1732), note to Pascal's aphorism no. 358 (numbered 52 by Voltaire): "(Wo)Man is neither angel nor brute, and the pity of it is that (s)he who wants to play the angel acts the brute."

Genius, when young, is divine
Had it not been for you, I should have remained what I was when we first met, a prejudiced, narrow-minded being, with contracted sympathies and false knowledge, wasting my life on obsolete trifles, and utterly insensible to the privilege of living in this wondrous age of change and progress
It was not reason that besieged Troy; it was not reason that sent forth the Saracen from the desert to conquer the world; that inspired the crusades; that instituted the monastic orders; it was not reason that produced the Jesuits; above all, it was not reason that created the French Revolution. (Wo)Man is only great when (s)he acts from the passions; never irresistible but when (s)he appeals to the imagination
-Benjamin Disraeli (1804-81), English statesman, author

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