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Blaise Pascal

When I consider the short duration of my life, swallowed up in the eternity before and after, and the little space I fill, and even can see, engulfed in the infinite immensity of space of which I am ignorant, and which knows me not, I am astonished at being here rather than there, why now rather than then. — Blaise Pascal, Pensées. (Penguin Classics; Reissue edition December 1, 1995) Originally published 1669.

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