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Sandro Botticelli, Madonna and Child with Six Saints (1470)

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The majority of mankind is lazy-minded, incurious, absorbed in vanities, and tepid in emotion, and is therefore incapable of either much doubt or much faith; and when the ordinary man calls himself a sceptic or an unbeliever, that is ordinarily a simple pose, cloaking a disinclination to think anything out to a conclusion.

– T. S. Eliot, from the introduction to Blaise Pascal’s Pensées, E. P. Dutton & Co, Inc, 1958.