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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2002 10:36 am 
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I apologize. If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.

Can anyone give me the citation [and correct quote for this]??

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I have made this letter longer than usual, because I lack the time to make it short (Je n'ai fait celle-ci plus longue parceque je n'ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte)~Blaise Pascal, Lettres Provinciales (1656-1657), no. 16.


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most definitely pascal.


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Since the French word loisir is used in all the French quotes I found, and this means leisure in English, it would seem more correct as:

"Je n'ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n'ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte."
(I have made this [letter] longer because I did not have the leisure to make it shorter.)

"Mes Révérends Pères, mes lettres n'avaient pas accoutumé de se suivre de si près, ni d'être si étendues. Le peu de temps que j'ai eu a été cause de l'un et de l'autre. Je n'ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n'ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte."
~Seizième lettre, 4 décembre 1656 p.865


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