Two Souls, One Flesh by Alice von Hildebrand

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Two Souls, One Flesh

The Divine Invention of Man & Marriage Is a Prodigious Mystery

When at age eleven, I took a course on seventeenth-century French literature—French is my beautiful mother tongue—I made the discovery of Pascal, and started reading his Pensées. Not only did he overwhelm me with the beauty of his style, but he also awakened in me a profound philosophical interest. I started memorizing many of his most beautiful thoughts, and I recall reciting them over and over again as I walked along the Belgian seashore where my parents had a summer home.

A portion of one pensée (72) deserves special attention:

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