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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Blaise Pascal (1623–62)
QUOTATION: I do not admire a virtue like valour when it is pushed to excess, if I do not see at the same time the excess of the opposite virtue, as one does in Epaminondas, who displayed extreme valour and extreme benevolence. For otherwise it is not an ascent, but a fall. We do not display our greatness by placing ourselves at one extremity, but rather by being at both at the same time, and filling up the whole of the space between them.
ATTRIBUTION: BLAISE PASCAL, Pascal’s Pensées, trans. Martin Turnell, part 1, section 6, p. 164 (1962).
SUBJECTS: Greatness