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Jean Pic de la Mirandole

Date de naissance: 24. février 1463
Date de décès: 17. novembre 1494

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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.

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„Let a certain saving ambition invade our souls so that, impatient of mediocrity, we pant after the highest things and (since, if we will, we can) bend all our efforts to their attainment.“

— Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
10. 50; translation by A. Robert Caponigri Variant translation by Robert Hooker: 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.

„Oh unsurpassed generosity of God the Father, Oh wondrous and unsurpassable felicity of man, to whom it is granted to have what he chooses, to be what he wills to be! The brutes, from the moment of their birth, bring with them, as Lucilius says, “from their mother’s womb” all that they will ever possess. The highest spiritual beings were, from the very moment of creation, or soon thereafter, fixed in the mode of being which would be theirs through measureless eternities. But upon man, at the moment of his creation, God bestowed seeds pregnant with all possibilities, the germs of every form of life. Whichever of these a man shall cultivate, the same will mature and bear fruit in him. If vegetative, he will become a plant; if sensual, he will become brutish; if rational, he will reveal himself a heavenly being; if intellectual, he will be an angel and the son of God. And if, dissatisfied with the lot of all creatures, he should recollect himself into the center of his own unity, he will there become one spirit with God, in the solitary darkness of the Father, Who is set above all things, himself transcend all creatures.“

— Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
6. 24-31; translation by A. Robert Caponigri Alternate translation of 6. 28-29 (Nascenti homini omnifaria semina et omnigenae vitae germina indidit Pater. Quae quisque excoluerit illa adolescent, et fructus suos ferent in illo.): The Father infused in man, at birth, every sort of seed and sprouts of every kind of life. These seeds will grow and bear their fruit in each man who will cultivate them.

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