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"When we hide our failings from others, we seek to hide them from ourselves, and it is in the latter attempt that we are most successful." -- Pierre Nicole
Pierre Nicole (1625 — November 16, 1695) was one of the most distinguished of the French Jansenists.

Born in Chartres, he was the son of a provincial barrister, who took in charge his education. Sent to Paris in 1642 to study theology, he soon entered into relations with the Jansenist community at Port-Royal through his aunt, Marie des Anges Suireau, who was for a short time abbess of the convent, and he taught for a while at the Petites écoles de Port-Royal. Some scruple of conscience forbade him to proceed to the priesthood, and he remained throughout life a "clerk in minor orders," although a profound theological scholar. For some years he was a master in the "little school" for boys established at Port Royal, and had the honour of teaching Greek to young Jean Racine, the future poet. But his chief duty was to act, in collaboration with Antoine Arnauld, as general editor of the controversial literature put forth by the Jansenists.

He had a large share in collecting the materials for Pascal's Provincial Letters (1656); in 1658 he translated the Letters into Latin, under the pseudonym of Nicholas Wendrock. In 1662 he coauthored the very successful Port-Royal Logic with Antoine Arnauld, based on a Cartesian reading of Aristotelian logic. In 1664 he himself began a series of letters, Les Imaginaires, intended to show that the heretical opinions commonly ascribed to the Jansenists really existed only in the imagination of the Jesuits. His letters being violently attacked by Desmaretz de Saint-Sorlin, an erratic minor poet who professed great devotion to the Jesuits, Nicole replied to him in another series of letters, Les Visionnaires (1666). In the course of these he observed that poets and dramatists were no better than "public poisoners." This remark stung Racine to the quick; he turned not only on his old master, but on all Port Royal, in a scathing reply, which--as Boileau told him--did more honour to his head than to his heart.

About the same time Nicole became involved in a controversy about transubstantiation with the Huguenot Claude; out of this grew a massive work, La Perpétuité de la foi de l'Église catholique touchant l'eucharistie (1669), the joint effort of Nicole and Antoine Arnauld. But Nicole's most popular production was his Essais de morale, a series of short discussions on practical Christianity. The first volume was published in 1671, and was followed at irregular intervals by others; altogether the series numbers fourteen volumes. In 1679, on the renewal of the persecution of the Jansenists, Nicole was forced to fly to Belgium in company with Arnauld. But the two soon parted. Nicole was elderly and in poor health; the life of a fugitive was not to his taste, and he complained that he wanted rest. "Rest," answered Arnauld, "when you have eternity to rest in!" In 1683 Nicole made a rather ambiguous peace with the authorities, and was allowed to come back to Paris. There he continued his literary labours up to the last; he was writing a refutation of the new heresy of the Quietists, when death overtook him.

Nicole was one of the most attractive figures of Port Royal. Many stories are told of his quaint absent-mindedness and unreadiness in conversation. His books are distinguished by exactly opposite qualities; they are neat and orderly to excess. Hence they were exceedingly popular with Mme de Sevigné and readers of her class. No other Jansenist writer, not even Pascal, was so successful in putting the position of Port Royal before the world. And although a modern appetite quails before fourteen volumes on morality, there is much solid sense and practical knowledge of human nature to be found in the Essais de morale. Several abridgments of the work exist, notably a Choix des essais de morale de Nicole, ed. Silvestre de Saci (Paris, 1857). Nicole's life is told at length in the 4th volume of Sainte-Beuve's Port-Royal.

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Total Books: 66
Essais De Morale Contenus En Divers Traits Sur Plusieurs Levoirs Importans Volume 9
2010 - Essais De Morale Contenus En Divers Traits Sur Plusieurs Levoirs Importans Volume 9 [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781143313028
ISBN-10: 114331302X
Genre: Nonfiction
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La Perptuit De La Foi De L'glise Catholique Touchant L'eucharistie Volume 3
2010 - La Perptuit De La Foi De L'glise Catholique Touchant L'eucharistie Volume 3 [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781143405006
ISBN-10: 1143405005
Genre: Nonfiction
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La Perptuit De La Foi De L'glise Catholique Touchant L'eucharistie Volume 4
2010 - La Perptuit De La Foi De L'glise Catholique Touchant L'eucharistie Volume 4 [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781143350627
ISBN-10: 1143350626
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Nonfiction
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Penses De Pascal Prcdes De Sa Vie Par Mme Perier Suivies D'un Choix Des Penses De Nicole  Et De Son Trait De La Paix Avec Les Hommes
2010 - Penses De Pascal Prcdes De Sa VIe Par Mme Perier Suivies D'un Choix Des Penses De Nicole Et De Son Trait De La Paix Avec Les Hommes [From Essais De Morale - French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781143743467
ISBN-10: 1143743466
Genre: Nonfiction
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Traite De La Grace Generale V2
2010 - Traite De La Grace Generale V2 [1715 - French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781120945990
ISBN-10: 1120945992
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Les Provinciales Ou Lettres Ecrites Par Louis De Montalte  Un Provincial De Ses Amis Et Aux Rr Pp Jsuites Sur La Morale  La Politique De Ces Pres  Traduites En Franois
Essais De Morale Contenus En Divers Traitez Sur Plusieurs Devoirs Importans
2010 - Essais De Morale Contenus En Divers Traitez Sur Plusieurs Devoirs Importans [French Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781142064297
ISBN-10: 1142064298
Genre: Nonfiction
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The Port-Royal Logic
2010 - The Port-royal Logic (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781142071257
ISBN-10: 1142071251
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Essais De Morale Contenus En Divers Traits Sur Plusieurs Levoirs Importans Volume 12
2010 - Essais De Morale Contenus En Divers Traits Sur Plusieurs Levoirs Importans Volume 12 [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781142170004
ISBN-10: 1142170004
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Essais De Morale Contenus En Divers Traits Sur Plusieurs Devoirs Importants
2010 - Essais De Morale Contenus En Divers Traits Sur Plusieurs Devoirs Importants [French Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781142191801
ISBN-10: 114219180X
Genre: Nonfiction
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Instructions Theologiques Et Morales Sur Le Symbole Volume 2
2010 - Instructions Theologiques Et Morales Sur Le Symbole Volume 2 [French Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781142301729
ISBN-10: 1142301729
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Oeuvres Philosophiques Et Morales Comprenant Un Choix De Ses Essais Et Publies Avec Des Notes Et Une Introd
Essais De Morale Contenus En Divers Traits Sur Plusieurs Levoirs Importans Volume 6
2010 - Essais De Morale Contenus En Divers Traits Sur Plusieurs Levoirs Importans Volume 6 [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781142394752
ISBN-10: 1142394751
Genre: Nonfiction
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La Logique Ou L'art De Penser Contenant Outre Les Regles Communes Plusieurs Observations Nouvelles Propres  Former Le Jugement
Essais De Morale Contenus En Divers Traits Sur Plusieurs Levoirs Importans Volume 11
2010 - Essais De Morale Contenus En Divers Traits Sur Plusieurs Levoirs Importans Volume 11 [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781142582142
ISBN-10: 1142582140
Genre: Nonfiction
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Essais De Morale Contenus En Divers Traits Sur Plusieurs Levoirs Importans Volume 4
2010 - Essais De Morale Contenus En Divers Traits Sur Plusieurs Levoirs Importans Volume 4 [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781142635541
ISBN-10: 1142635546
Genre: Nonfiction
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Instructions Theologiques Et Morales Sur Le Premier Commandement Du Decalogue Ou Il Est Trait De La Foy De L'esperance  De La Charit Volume 2
Instructions Theologiques Et Morales Sur Le Symbole Volume 1
2010 - Instructions Theologiques Et Morales Sur Le Symbole Volume 1 [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781142817879
ISBN-10: 1142817873
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Trait De La Priere Divis En Sept Livres
2010 - Trait De La Priere Divis En Sept Livres (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781142834814
ISBN-10: 1142834816
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Provinciales Lettres I IV Et Xiii Publies Avec Une Introduction Des Notes Et Un Appendice
2010 - Provinciales Lettres I IV Et XIII Publies Avec Une Introduction Des Notes Et Un Appendice [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781141533640
ISBN-10: 1141533642
Genre: Nonfiction
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Logique De Port-Royal Prcde D'une Notice Sur Les Travaux Philosophiques D'a Arnauld
2010 - Logique De Port-royal Prcde D'une Notice Sur Les Travaux Philosophiques D'a Arnauld [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781141932641
ISBN-10: 1141932644
Genre: Nonfiction
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2009 - Lettres De Feu M Nicole V2 [1718 - French Edition] (Hardcover)Paperback
2009 - Prejugez Legitimes Contre Les Calvinistes [1725 - French Edition] (Paperback)Hardcover
2009 - Traite De La Priere V1 Part 1 [1714 - French Edition] (Paperback)Hardcover
2009 - La Logique Ou L'art De Penser [1709 - French Edition] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
1996 - Antoine Arnauld and Pierre Nicole Logic or the Art of Thinking [Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy] (Hardcover)Paperback
Essais De Morale [Philosophie morale - French Edition] (Paperback)