Quotes by Blaise Pascal

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Blaise Pascal (June 19, 1623August 19, 1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher. Pascal was a child prodigy, who was educated by his father. Pascal's earliest work was in the natural and applied sciences, where he made important contributions to the construction of mechanical calculators and the study of fluids, and clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum by expanding the work of Evangelista Torricelli. Pascal also wrote powerfully in defense of the scientific method. more

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If you would have people speak well of you, then do not speak well of yourself.

Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair.
The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing: we know this in countless ways.
I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still and quiet in a room alone.
Beauty is a harmonious relation between something in our nature and the quality of the object which delights us.
When we are in love we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before.
There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous.
Faith embraces many truths which seem to contradict each other.
We never live, but we hope to live; and as we are always arranging to be happy, it must be that we never are so.
Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world.
The more intelligent one is, the more men of originality one finds. Ordinary people find no difference between men.
To have no time for philosophy is to be a true philosopher.
It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants.
It is the heart which perceives God and not the reason. That is what faith is: God perceived by the heart, not by the reason.
Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God.
Desire and force between them are responsible for all our actions; desire causes our voluntary acts, force our involuntary.
Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.
If we let ourselves believe that man began with divine grace, that he forfeited this by sin, and that he can be redeemed only by divine grace through the crucified Christ, then we shall find peace of mind never granted to philosophers. He who cannot believe is cursed, for he reveals by his unbelief that God has not chosen to give him grace.
Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith cannot be proved, what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it proves false? If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that He exists.
The heart has its reasons which reason knows not of.
Nothing is so intolerable to man as being fully at rest, without a passion, without business, without entertainment, without care.
There are only three types of people; those who have found God and serve him; those who have not found God and seek him, and those who live not seeking, or finding him. The first are rational and happy; the second unhappy and rational, and the third foolish and unhappy.
Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true.
Nothing gives rest but the sincere search for truth.
If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then without hesitation, that He exists.
The struggle alone pleases us, not the victory.
We are only falsehood, duplicity, contradiction; we both conceal and disguise ourselves from ourselves.
If I had more time I would write a shorter letter.
We only consult the ear because the heart is wanting.
To go beyond the bounds of moderation is to outrage humanity.
The property of power is to protect.
Vanity of science. Knowledge of physical science will not console me for ignorance of morality in time of affliction, but knowledge of morality will always console me for ignorance of physical science.
One must know oneself. If this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better.
Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.
Imagination decides everything.
If all men knew what each said of the other, there would not be four friends in the world.
Even those who write against fame wish for the fame of having written well, and those who read their works desire the fame of having read them.
Evil is easy, and has infinite forms.
Any unity which doesn't have its origin in the multitudes is tyranny.
The multitude which is not brought to act as a unity, is confusion. That unity which has not its origin in the multitude is tyranny.
Those are weaklings who know the truth and uphold it as long as it suits their purpose, and then abandon it.
Man is only a reed, the weakest in nature; but he is a thinking reed. There is no need for the whole universe to take up arms to crush him: a vapor, a drop of water is enough to kill him. But even if the universe were to crush him, man would still be nobler than his slayer, because he knows that he is dying and the advantage the universe has over him. The universe knows nothing of this.
Man is obviously made for thinking. Therein lies all his dignity and his merit; and his whole duty is to think as he ought.
If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future.
Man's greatness lies in his power of thought.
Nothing is as approved as mediocrity, the majority has established it and it fixes it fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way.
All man's miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.
It is right that what is just should be obeyed. It is necessary that what is strongest should be obeyed.
What a strange vanity painting is; it attracts admiration by resembling the original, we do not admire.
People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves than by those found out by others.
The origins of disputes between philosophers is, that one class of them have undertaken to raise man by displaying his greatness, and the other to debase him by showing his miseries.
To find recreation in amusement is not happiness.
We must learn our limits. We are all something but none of us are everything.
Our nature consist in motion; complete rest is death.
The eternal silence of these infinite spaces fills me with dread.
Do you wish people to think well of you? Don't speak well of yourself.
When we see a natural style, we are astonished and charmed; for we expected to see an author, and we find a person.
The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.
We like security: we like the pope to be infallible in matters of faith, and grave doctors to be so in moral questions so that we can feel reassured.

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