When I read early modern authors, I regularly come across passages that make me smile. Some of these are, I assume, intentionally humorous, others unintentionally. I thought it would be a fun summer activity on this blog to collect some such passages. So, which passages make you smile?
Here is one passage from Leibniz that I love:
If geometry conflicted with our passions and our present concerns as much as morality does, we would dispute it and transgress it almost as much–in spite of all Euclid’s and Archimedes’ demonstrations, which would be treated as fantasies and deemed to be full of fallacies. (Leibniz, New Essays, p. 95)