“Declaration of Rights of Man & Citizen” (1789)

“Declaration of Rights of Man & Citizen” (1789) The Representatives of France in a National Assembly Because of past ignorance, neglect & contempt of human rights are the cause of public misfortune & corruption of government Trying to make natural & inalienable rights always in the mind of the public so that they protect them… Read more “Declaration of Rights of Man & Citizen” (1789)

“Treatise on the Arithmetical Triangle” by Blaise Pascal (1654)

“Treatise on Arithmetical Triangle” by Blaise Pascal (1654) +=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=  1st consequence – In every arithmetical triangle, all the cells of the first row & first column are the same as the generating cell. Each cell in the triangle is equal to the sum of the immediately preceding row & column +=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+= 2nd consequence – In… Read more “Treatise on the Arithmetical Triangle” by Blaise Pascal (1654)

“What Is a Classic?” by Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve (1804-1869)

“What Is a Classic?” by Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve (1804-1869) It all depends… if someone I trust recommends it to me, I’ll give it a whirl – all my attention & give my honest opinion The English have been writing essays for non-personal opinions – abstract & moral – should be moderate & leisurely – not… Read more “What Is a Classic?” by Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve (1804-1869)

Christoper Columbus – Letter to the King and Queen of Spain c. 1494

Christoper Columbus – Letter to the King and Queen of Spain c. 1494 Notes/Recommendations concerning the Island of Espaniola About 2000 settlers should want to go there because of farming & trading to nearby islands Should found 3 or 4 towns in convenient places around the island Nobody should be allowed to mine for gold… Read more Christoper Columbus – Letter to the King and Queen of Spain c. 1494

“Pensées” by Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) Selections from Parts 9-12

VIII. The Fundamentals Of The Christian Religion 556 – Christianity looks to establish a great religion For this, man need it to explain his nature & that of the world around him Many revile it because they don’t understand it God is great, powerful & eternal but removed from Man – Deism Christianity relies on… Read more “Pensées” by Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) Selections from Parts 9-12

“Pensées” by Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) Selections from Parts 6-7

VI. The Philosophers 374 – What surprises me is that people aren’t surprised by their own weakness They are so serious & they follow their life’s path out of certainty of what reason & justice are They’re constantly deceived & they think it’s their own fault Many people glorify skeptics [which they ought to be… Read more “Pensées” by Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) Selections from Parts 6-7

“Pensées” by Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) Selections from Parts 2-5

“Pensées” by Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) I. Thoughts On Mind And On Style II. The Misery Of Man Without God 72 – Man’s Disproportion This is where innate knowledge leads us If not, there’s no truth in man If so, he’ll find a cause of humiliation Man should focus on nature & not small & unimportant… Read more “Pensées” by Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) Selections from Parts 2-5

“Dissertation on First Principles of Government” by Thomas Paine (1795)

“Dissertation on First Principles of Government” by Thomas Paine (1795) One subject is near & dear to most people’s hearts, government because no matter if they are poor or rich, their prosperity is tied to it Should know its principles There has been precious little development in improving governments excluding the American Revolution European government… Read more “Dissertation on First Principles of Government” by Thomas Paine (1795)