Monday, January 24, 2005

Pascal on Owning Land

Blaise Pascal, Pensees #113 (Krailsheimer tr., p. 59):

It is not in space that I must seek my human dignity, but in the ordering of my thought. It will do me no good to own land. Through space the universe grasps me and swallows me up like a speck; through thought I grasp it.

BV: Indeed, what good will owning acres and acres of land do me? In the end a man needs only -- six feet.