I've just started Pascal's Pensées and the first several pages seem like a flood of incoherent statements. For example,
16) Vanity: That something so obvious as the vanity of the world should be so little recognized that people find it odd and surprising to be told that it is foolish to seek greatness; that is most remarkable.
17) Inconstancy and oddity: To live by one's work alone and to reign over the most powerful state in the world are two very different things.
They are combined in the person of the Grand Turk.
18) An inch or two of cowl can put 25,000 monks up in arms.
19) He has four lackeys.
20) He lives across the water.
These all seem completely unrelated and incoherent. What's the structure this writing? Is this a diary? Am I supposed to read it like an essay or something else? In my printing (Penguin Classics) there are numbers on the right margin of each of these bulleted items: namely, (161), (113), (955), (318), and (292), respectively. I also don't know what these mean.