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Sitting quietly, doing nothing #

Blaise Pascal, 17th century:
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.1

Researchers, 21st century:

Most men would rather shock themselves than be alone with their thoughts.2
Footnotes:
  1. From his collection Pensées (Thoughts): "J'ai dit souvent que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre." Another translation from Pascal's Pensées: "I have discovered that all the unhappiness of men arises from one single fact, that they cannot stay quietly in their own chamber."
  2. One way to find more joy in silence than in shocks: 10-day Vipassana Meditation retreat

/misc | Jul 04, 2014


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