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All men seek happiness. There are no exceptions. However different the means they may employ, they all strive towards this goal! The reason why some go to war and some do not is the same desire in both, but interpreted in two different ways. The will never takes the least step except to that end. This is the motive of every act of every man, including those who go and hang themselves.

Yet for very many years no one without faith has ever reached the goal at which everyone is continually aiming. All men complain: princes, subjects, nobles, commoners, old, young, strong, weak, learned, ignorant, healthy, sick, in every country, at every time, of all ages, and all conditions.

A test which has gone on so long, without pause or change, really ought to convince us that we are incapable of attaining the good by our own efforts. But example teaches us very little. No two examples are so exactly alike that there is not some subtle difference, and that is what makes us except that our expectations will not be disappointed this time as they were last time. So, while the present never satisfies us, experience deceives us, and leads us from one misfortune to another until death comes as the ultimate and eternal climax.

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Blaise Pascal, Pensees (148).

by Peter Lindbergh

by Peter Lindbergh

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What does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words, by God himself.

God alone is man’s true good.

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Blaise Pascal, Pensees (148).

by Peter Lindbergh

by Peter Lindbergh

"We are not satisfied with the life we have in ourselves and our own being. We want to lead an imaginary life in the eyes of others, and so we try to make an impression. We strive constantly to embellish and preserve our imaginary being, and neglect the real one. And if we are calm, or generous, or loyal, we are anxious to have it known so that we can attach these virtues to our other existence; we prefer to detach them from our real self so as to unite them with the other. We would cheerfully be cowards if that would acquire us a reputation for bravery. How clear a sign of the nullity of our own being that we are not satisfied with one without the other and often exchange one for the other!"

Blaise Pascal, Pensees (806).

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From my heart to the heavens,

Jesus be the center

It’s all about You,

Yes, it’s all about You.

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Nothing else matters,

Nothing in this world will do,

'Cause Jesus You're the center,

Everything revolves around You

Jesus, You

At the center of it all.

"Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power to work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think"

Ephesians 3:20