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    whitehawke is offline Newbie
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    The heart has its reasons that reason cannot know

    Hi, teachers !

    The French philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal is famous for saying, "The heart has its reasons that reason cannot know."

    The above red-colored clause is correct grammatically ?


    Always thanks !

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    Re: The heart has its reasons that reason cannot know

    Okay. He was a physicist too: a man of many parts.

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    Re: The heart has its reasons that reason cannot know

    It's fine- try changing 'reason cannot know' to 'the mind/brain cannot know'

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    Re: The heart has its reasons that reason cannot know

    I love Pascal.... he is responsible for the concept of finesse, a form of thinking that relies on intuitive induction from a thousand experiences and memories, rather than a bit of deduction based on two to three facts.

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    Re: The heart has its reasons that reason cannot know

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It's fine- try changing 'reason cannot know' to 'the mind/brain cannot know'
    This makes it easier to understand. It's a play on two meanings of reason - 'reason for doing something' and 'mental faculty'. I'm not sure where the popular translation gets the 'cannot': La coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît point - says nothing about what reason is capable of; it just knows nothing at all, period (point!)

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