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Jean Pic de la Mirandole

Date de naissance: 24. février 1463
Date de décès: 17. novembre 1494
Autres noms: Pico della Mirandola

Jean Pic de la Mirandole , qui se faisait aussi appeler Comte de la Concordia né à Mirandola le 24 février 1463 et mort le 17 novembre 1494 à Florence, est un philosophe et théologien humaniste italien, troisième fils d'une vieille famille comtale. À la recherche de la prisca theologia , il étudia et synthétisa les principales doctrines philosophiques et religieuses connues à son époque, notamment le platonisme, l'aristotélisme, la scolastique. Il est le fondateur de la kabbale chrétienne.

Citations Jean Pic de la Mirandole


„Chacun a en lui-même dix punitions : ignorance, tristesse, inconstance, cupidité, injustice, luxure, envie, perfidie, colère, méchanceté.“

„L’amitié est une vertu.“


„.... man's place in the universe is somewhere between the beasts and the angels, but, because of the divine image planted in him, there are no limits to what man can accomplish....“ On the Dignity of Man

„We have given you, O Adam, no visage proper to yourself, nor endowment properly your own, in order that whatever place, whatever form, whatever gifts you may, with premeditation, select, these same you may have and possess through your own judgement and decision. The nature of all other creatures is defined and restricted within laws which We have laid down; you, by contrast, impeded by no such restrictions, may, by your own free will, to whose custody We have assigned you, trace for yourself the lineaments of your own nature [... ]. We have made you a creature neither of heaven nor of earth, neither mortal nor immortal, in order that you may, as the free and proud shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer. It will be in your power to descend to the lower, brutish forms of life; you will be able, through your own decision, to rise again to the superior orders whose life is divine.“ Oration on the Dignity of Man

„A sacred pride should grip us of not being satisfied with the mediocre but to strive (for we can do it, if we want to) with the exertion of all our strength to attain the highest. Let us scorn what is of this earth, let us ignore what is of heaven, let us leave absolutely everything worldly behind us in order to hasten to the abode out of this world, in the proximity of the sublime deity. We do not need to think of stepping back. Of being satisfied with second rank, let us strive for dignity and glory. To attain the highest.“

„Considering that we are born with this condition, that is, that we can become whatever we choose to become, we need to understand that we must take earnest care about this, so that it will never be said to our disadvantage that we were born to a privileged position but failed to realize it and became animals and senseless beasts.... Above all, we should not make that freedom of choice God gave us into something harmful, for it was intended to be to our advantage. Let a holy ambition enter into our souls; let us not be content with mediocrity, but rather strive after the highest and expend all our strength in achieving it.

Let us disdain earthly things, and despise the things of heaven, and, judging little of what is in the world, fly to the court beyond the world and next to God. In that court, as the mystic writings tell us, are the Seraphim, Cherubim, and Thrones in the foremost places; let us not even yield place to them, the highest of the angelic orders, and not be content with a lower place, imitate them in all their glory and dignity. If we choose to, we will not be second to them in anything.“

„Let some holy ambition invade our souls, so that, dissatisfied with mediocrity, we shall eagerly desire the highest things and shall toil with all our strength to obtain them, since we may if we wish.“ Oration on the Dignity of Man

„To [man] it is granted to have whatever he chooses, to be whatever he wills.“


„... There, as the sacred mysteries tell us, the Seraphim, Cherubim and Thrones occupy the first places; but, unable to yield to them, and impatient of any second place, let us emulate their dignity and glory. And, if we will it, we shall be inferior to them in nothing.“ Oration on the Dignity of Man

„You [Mankind] have been given no particular function. You may give your life whatever form you choose, do whatever you wish … you have no limitations, and can act in accord with your own free will. You alone can choose the limits of your nature.“

„We have made thee neither of heaven nor of earth,
Neither mortal or immortal,
So that with freedom of choice and with honor,
As thought the maker and molder of thyself,
Thou mayest fashion thyself in whatever shape thou shalt prefer.
Thou shalt have the power out of thy soul's judgment,
to be reborn into the higher forms, which are divine.“
Oration on the Dignity of Man

„You can lower yourselves to the level of the beast, but you can also be reborn as a divine creature by the free will of your spirit. Man can become what he likes - subhuman or superhuman, as he wishes.“


„Se, joka pakotetaan antautumaan, saa voittajaltaan palveluksia: tappion kärsinyt palaa kotiin rikastuneena, siis oppineempana, ja hän on paremmin varustautunut tulevia koitoksia varten.“ Oration on the Dignity of Man

„Neither heavenly nor earthly, neither mortal nor immortal have we created thee, so that thou mightest be free according to thy own will and honor, to be thy own creator and builder. To thee alone we gave growth and development depending on they own free will. Thou bearest in thee the germs of a universal life.“

„We have given to thee, Adam, no fixed seat, no form of thy own, no gift peculiarly thine, that thou mayest feel as thine own, have as thine own, possess as thine own, the seat, the form, the gifts which thou thyself shalt desire. A limited nature in other creatures is confined within the laws written down by Us. In conformity with thy free judgment, in whose hands I have placed thee, thou art confined by no bounds; and thou will fix the limits of nature for thyself. I have placed thee at the centre of the world, that from there thou mayest more conveniently look around and see whatsoever is in the world. Neither heavenly nor earthly, neither mortal nor immortal have We made thee. Thou, like a judge appointed for being honourable, art the molder and maker of thyself.“ Pico della Mirandola: Oration on the Dignity of Man

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