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If Molière had given himself up to his abyss, Pascal — with his — would look like a journalist.

E. M. Cioran, All Gall is Divided

What does ''give up'' means here? Does it mean that Molière decided to look upon his abyss, like take his abyss into consideration? Could someone ''translate'' this for me in a less equivocal manner?

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    It almost certainly means "surrender", but without more context I can't be sure. Dec 3, 2015 at 17:47
  • This is the whole aphorism, sorry, there are no further details I can give as I virtually have no context. Dec 3, 2015 at 18:04
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    Indeed, "surrender" it is. Or "devote", with a similar sense of relinquishing one's freedom.
    – RJH
    Dec 3, 2015 at 19:51
  • @RJH you should make that an answer.
    – Skooba
    Dec 3, 2015 at 20:00
  • @Skooba – done, but with some guilt at the simplicity of it.
    – RJH
    Dec 3, 2015 at 20:19

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It means to "surrender" or to "devote" (or perhaps a combination), either one with a similar sense of relinquishing one's freedom.

If Molière had surrendered/devoted himself to his abyss, Pascal — with his — would look like a journalist.

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