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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Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which is everything in this world.

Habit is a second nature that destroys the first. But what is nature? Why is habit not natural? I am very much afraid that nature itself is only a first habit, just as habit is a second nature.
Habit is the second nature which destroys the first.
I maintain that, if everyone knew what others said about him, there would not be four friends in the world.
The gospel to me is simply irresistible.
The charm of fame is so great that we like every object to which it is attached, even death.
Faith certainly tells us what the senses do not, but not the contrary of what they see; it is above, not against them.
Two things control men's nature, instinct and experience.
Earnestness is enthusiasm tempered by reason.
Ugly deeds are most estimable when hidden.
Men never do evil so fully and cheerfully as when we do it out of conscience.
The war existing between the senses and reason.
The highest order of mind is accused of folly, as well as the lowest. Nothing is thoroughly approved but mediocrity. The majority has established this, and it fixes its fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way.
It is superstitious to put one's hopes in formalities, but arrogant to refuse to submit to them.
Man finds nothing so intolerable as to be in a state of complete rest, without passions, without occupation, without diversion, without effort. Then he feels his nullity, loneliness, inadequacy, dependence, helplessness, emptiness.
The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.
Animals do not admire each other. A horse does not admire its companion.
I have made this letter a rather long one, only because I didn't have the leisure to make it shorter.
The last thing we decide in writing a book is what to put first.
[On vanity:] The nose of Cleopatra: if it had been shorter, the face of the earth would have changed.
The present letter is a very long one, simply because I had no leisure to make it shorter.
I do not admire a virtue like valour when it is pushed to excess, if I do not see at the same time the excess of the opposite virtue, as one does in Epaminondas, who displayed extreme valour and extreme benevolence. For otherwise it is not an ascent, but a fall. We do not display our greatness by placing ourselves at one extremity, but rather by being at both at the same time, and filling up the whole of the space between them.

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