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Author QuotedBlaise Pascal
Title QuotedProvincial Letters, Pensees, Scientific Treatises. / translated by W.F.Trotter, in Great Books of the Western World
Date (Year/Month/Day)1939/09/14
ImprintChicago : Encyclopedia Britannica. 1952
Quotation2. Pascal - Pensees - VI.408. "Le mal est aise, il y en a une infinite; le bien, presque unique. Mais en certain genre de mal est aussi difficile à trouver que ce qu'on appelle bien, et souvent on fais passer pour bien à cette marque de mal particulier..." [Note 15: Great Books of the Western World, 207] 1. These two quotations are obviously not contradictory, but say exactly the same thing. 2. Neither compares absolute good and absolute evil - which cannot be compared because absolute evil does not exist and perfect good is only truly apparent to God.
Quotation SourceRun to the mountain: The Story of a Vocation. The journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 1, 1939-1941.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1995, p. 22
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