We know the truth, not only through our reason, but also through our heart. It is through this latter that we know first principles; and reason, which has nothing to do with this, vainly tries to refute them. The skeptics have no intention other than this; and they fail to achieve it. We know that we are not dreaming. Yet however unable we may be to prove this by reason, this inability demonstrates nothing but the weakness of our reason, and not the uncertainty of all our knowledge, as they assert . . . Our inability must therefore do nothing except humble reason — which would like to be the judge of everything — while not confronting our certainty. As if reason could be the only way in which we can learn!
Blaise Pascal in Pensées 110
Posted on November 19, 2010 by Bob Bixby