Blaise Pascal/New Fragment of the Treatise on Vacuum

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Minor Works by Blaise Pascal, translated by Orlando Williams Wight
New Fragment of the Treatise on Vacuum

NEW FRAGMENT OF THE TREATISE ON VACUUM

What is there more absurd than to say that inanimate bodies have passions, fears, horrors; that insensible bodies, without life, and even incapable of it, may have passions which presuppose a soul at least sensitive to experience them? Besides, if the object of this horror were a vacuum, what is there in a vacuum that could make them afraid? What is there meaner and more ridiculous?

This is not all; if they have in themselves a principle of motion to shun a vacuum, have they arms, legs, muscles, nerves?