Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness  

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"Les hommes sont si nécessairement fous que ce serait être fou par un autre tour de folie de n'être point fou" is a dictum by Pascal. In English "Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness" (tr. via Richard Howard's translation of Madness and Civilization).

Dutch

"De mensen zijn zo noodzakelijk gek, dat niet gek zijn alleen maar zou betekenen: gek zijn volgens een andere soort waanzin."

Tr. Clasina Pieternella Heering-Moorman (1910-2006)





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