forth fruit. Numbers imitate
space, which is of a different nature.
All is made and led by the same master, root, branches, and fruits;
principles and consequences.
120. Nature diversifies and imitates; art imitates and diversifies.
121. Nature always begins the same things again, the years, the days, the
hours; in like manner spaces and numbers follow each other from beginning to
end. Thus is made a kind of infinity and eternity. Not that anything in all
this is infinite and eternal, but these finite realities are infinitely
multiplied. Thus it seems to me to be only the number which multiplies them
that is infinite.
122. Time heals griefs and quarrels, for we change and are no longer the
same persons. Neither the offender nor the offended are any more themselves.
It is like a nation which we have provoked, but meet again after two
generations. They are still Frenchmen, but not the same.
123. He no longer loves the person whom he loved ten years ago. I quite
believe it. She is no longer the same, nor is he. He was young, and she
also; she is quite different. He would perhaps love her yet, if she were
what she was then.
124. We view things not only from different sides, but with different eyes;
we have no wish to find them alike.
125. Contraries.--Man is naturally credulous and incredulous, timid and
126. Description of man: dependency, desire of independence, need.
127. Condition of man: inconstancy, weariness, unrest.
128. The weariness which is felt by us in leaving pursuits to which we are
attached. A man dwells at home with pleasure; but if he sees a