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July 14, 2009

(Pascal chose) to remove all the tapestries from his room and to give up all sauces, ragouts and fruits; indeed anything that excited his appetite. He also rebuked his sister for caressing her children, ‘gave up’ his friends unless he saw them wearing a steel belt studded with sharp points.

Os Guiness, The Mind on Fire, p.30