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"The problem with modern man is his inability to sit in a quiet room and do nothing".
I think this is Louis Pasteur's quote. Does anyone know?

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Billy
 
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All mankind's troubles are caused by one single thing, which is their inability to sit quietly in a room.
~Blaise Pascal, Pensees, II, 139

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thank you, I see my memory working now, Pasteur/ Pascal, I got them confused. Thanks again.
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I tried to get some context for this quotation, but could not; but in the process of searching, found a slightly different version that seems to generate a lot more hits:
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I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room.
~ Blaise Pascal
http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Blaise_Pascal/


Probably a paraphrasing. Wouldn't be the first time I've seen a paraphrased quotation become more popular than the original. Smile


[This message was edited by thenostromo on 10-03-07 at 09:10 AM.]
 
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On the occasions when I have pondered over men's various activities, the dangers and worries they are exposed to at court or at war, from which so many quarrels, passions, risky, often ill-conceived actions and so on are born, I have often said that man's unhappiness springs from one thing alone, his incapacity to stay quietly in one room. A man wealthy enough for life's needs would never leave home to go to sea or beseige some fortress if he knew how to stay at home and enjoy it....~Blaise Pascal,
Penseés, "Diversion," 136.

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