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Blaise Pascal ( pask-AL, also UK: -⁠AHL, PASK-əl, -⁠al, US: pah-SKAHL; French: [blɛz paskal]; 19 June 1623 – 19 August 1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, philosopher, writer and Catholic theologian.

He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a tax collector in Rouen. Pascal's earliest mathematical work was on conic sections; he wrote a significant treatise on the subject of projective geometry at the age of 16. He later corresponded with Pierre de Fermat on probability theory, strongly influencing the development of modern economics and social science. In 1642, while still a teenager, he started some pioneering work on calculating machines (called Pascal's calculators and later Pascalines), establishing him as one of the first two inventors of the mechanical calculator.

He also worked in the natural and applied sciences, where he made important contributions to the study of fluids, and clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum by generalising the work of Evangelista Torricelli. Following Galileo Galilei and Torricelli, in 1647, he rebutted Aristotle's followers who insisted that nature abhors a vacuum. Pascal's results caused many disputes before being accepted. Pascal also wrote in defense of the scientific method.

In 1646, he and his sister Jacqueline identified with the religious movement within Catholicism known by its detractors as Jansenism. Following a religious experience in late 1654, he began writing influential works on philosophy and theology. His two most famous works date from this period: the Lettres provinciales and the Pensées, the former set in the conflict between Jansenists and Jesuits. The latter contains Pascal's Wager, known in the original as the Discourse on the Machine, a probabilistic argument for God's existence. In that year, he also wrote an important treatise on the arithmetical triangle. Between 1658 and 1659, he wrote on the cycloid and its use in calculating the volume of solids.

Throughout his life, Pascal was in frail health, especially after the age of 18; he died just two months after his 39th birthday.

Quote: There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of clear wine glass with red wine
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There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous.


Quote: 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. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of green ceramic mug beside book
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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.


Quote: I would prefer an intelligent hell to a stupid paradise. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of man and woman holding hands in silhouette photography
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I would prefer an intelligent hell to a stupid paradise.


Quote: If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books
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If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.


Quote: The heart has reasons, which reason does not know. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of fawn pug lying on floor
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The heart has reasons, which reason does not know.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The heart has reasons, which reason does not know. We know the truth not only by the reason, but by the heart.


Quote: Faith certainly tells us what the senses do not, but not the contrary of what they see; it is above, not against them. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of couple standing on grass field mountain
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Faith certainly tells us what the senses do not, but not the contrary of what they see; it is above, not against them.


Quote: Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of brown and white ceramic dog figurine
Photo Credit: Karsten Winegeart

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


Quote: Justice and truth are too such subtle points that our tools are too blunt to touch them accurately. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of gray concrete surface
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Justice and truth are too such subtle points that our tools are too blunt to touch them accurately.


Quote: We only consult the ear because the heart is wanting. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

We only consult the ear because the heart is wanting.


Quote: All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of sunset
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All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.


Quote: The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of water on seashore
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The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.


Quote: When we are in love we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of grayscale photo of man and woman kissing
Photo Credit: Alexander Krivitskiy

When we are in love we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before.


Quote: Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of silhouette photography of trees and sky
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Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere.


Quote: Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of man and woman standing outside during winter
Photo Credit: Toa Heftiba

Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God.


Quote: Beauty is a harmonious relation between something in our nature and the quality of the object which delights us. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Beauty is a harmonious relation between something in our nature and the quality of the object which delights us.


Quote: It is impossible on reasonable grounds to disbelieve miracles. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

It is impossible on reasonable grounds to disbelieve miracles.


Quote: Those who do not hate their own selfishness and regard themselves as more important than the rest of the world are blind because the truth lies elsewhere. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Those who do not hate their own selfishness and regard themselves as more important than the rest of the world are blind because the truth lies elsewhere.


Quote: Contradiction is a bad sign of truth; several things which are certain are contradicted; several things which are false pass without contradiction. Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the want of contradiction a sign of truth. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Contradiction is a bad sign of truth; several things which are certain are contradicted; several things which are false pass without contradiction. Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the want of contradiction a sign of truth.


Quote: If you would have people speak well of you, then do not speak well of yourself. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

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


Quote: There is a certain standard of grace and beauty which consists in a certain relation between our nature and the thing which pleases us. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

There is a certain standard of grace and beauty which consists in a certain relation between our nature and the thing which pleases us.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

There is a certain standard of grace and beauty which consists in a certain relation between our nature, such as it is, weak or strong, and the thing which pleases us. Whatever is formed according to this standard pleases us, be it house, song, discourse, verse, prose, woman, birds, rivers, trees, room, dress, and so on. Whatever is not made according to this standard displeases those who have good taste.


Quote: Distraction is the only thing that consoles us for miseries and yet it is itself the greatest of our miseries. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Distraction is the only thing that consoles us for miseries and yet it is itself the greatest of our miseries.


Quote: Opinion is the queen of the world. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Opinion is the queen of the world.


Quote: Do you wish men to speak well of you? Then never speak well of yourself. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Do you wish men to speak well of you? Then never speak well of yourself.


Quote: The sensibility of man to trifles, and his insensibility to great things, indicates a strange inversion. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The sensibility of man to trifles, and his insensibility to great things, indicates a strange inversion.


Quote: Our notion of symmetry is derived from the human face. Hence, we demand symmetry horizontally and in breath only, not vertically nor in depth. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Our notion of symmetry is derived from the human face. Hence, we demand symmetry horizontally and in breath only, not vertically nor in depth.


Quote: The arithmetical machine produces effects that approach nearer to thought than all the actions of animals. But it does nothing that would enable us to attribute will to it, as to the animals. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The arithmetical machine produces effects that approach nearer to thought than all the actions of animals. But it does nothing that would enable us to attribute will to it, as to the animals.


Quote: We never do evil so effectually as when we are led to do it by a false principle of conscience. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

We never do evil so effectually as when we are led to do it by a false principle of conscience.


Quote: Those honor nature well, who teach that she can speak on everything. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Those honor nature well, who teach that she can speak on everything.


Quote: The Stoics say, Retire within yourselves; it is there you will find your rest. And that is not true. Others say, Go out of yourselves; seek happiness in amusement. And this is not true. Illness comes. Happiness is neither without us nor within us. It is in God, both without us and within us. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of Blaise Pascal quote: The Stoics say, Retire within yourselves; it is there you will find your rest. And that is not true. Others say, Go out of yourselves; seek happiness in amusement. And this is not true. Illness comes. Happiness is neither without us nor within us. It is in God, both without us and within us.- black text on quotes background

The Stoics say, Retire within yourselves; it is there you will find your rest. And that is not true. Others say, Go out of yourselves; seek happiness in amusement. And this is not true. Illness comes. Happiness is neither without us nor within us. It is in God, both without us and within us.


Quote: The married should not forget that to speak of love begets love. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The married should not forget that to speak of love begets love.




Quote: When I have occasionally set myself to consider the different distractions of men, the pains and perils to which they expose themselves I have discovered that all the unhappiness of men arises from one single fact, that they cannot stay quietly in their own chamber. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of Blaise Pascal quote; white text on black background

When I have occasionally set myself to consider the different distractions of men, the pains and perils to which they expose themselves I have discovered that all the unhappiness of men arises from one single fact, that they cannot stay quietly in their own chamber.


Quote: Man's condition. Inconstancy, boredom, anxiety. (Page 1). by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Man's condition. Inconstancy, boredom, anxiety. (Page 1).


Quote: Justice is as much a matter of fashion as charm is. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Justice is as much a matter of fashion as charm is.


Quote: Perfect clarity would profit the intellect but damage the will. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Perfect clarity would profit the intellect but damage the will.


Quote: Description of man: dependence, longing for independence, need. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Description of man: dependence, longing for independence, need.


Quote: Brave deeds are wasted when hidden. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Brave deeds are wasted when hidden.


Quote: Continuity in everything is unpleasant. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Continuity in everything is unpleasant.


Quote: There is enough light for those who only desire to see, and enough obscurity for those who have a contrary disposition. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

There is enough light for those who only desire to see, and enough obscurity for those who have a contrary disposition.


Quote: It is the contest that delights us, and not the victory. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

It is the contest that delights us, and not the victory.


Quote: If we regulate our conduct according to our own convictions, we may safely disregard the praise or censure of others. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

If we regulate our conduct according to our own convictions, we may safely disregard the praise or censure of others.


Quote: A mere trifle consoles us, for a mere trifle distresses us. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

A mere trifle consoles us, for a mere trifle distresses us.


Quote: Continued eloquence is wearisome. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Continued eloquence is wearisome.


Quote: It is superstitious to put one's hopes in formalities, but arrogant to refuse to submit to them. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

It is superstitious to put one's hopes in formalities, but arrogant to refuse to submit to them.


Quote: Nothing is so important to man as his own state; nothing is so formidable to him as eternity. And thus it is unnatural that thereshould be men indifferent to the loss of their existence and to the perils of everlasting suffering. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Nothing is so important to man as his own state; nothing is so formidable to him as eternity. And thus it is unnatural that thereshould be men indifferent to the loss of their existence and to the perils of everlasting suffering.


Quote: God only pours out his light into the mind after having subdued the rebellion of the will by an altogether heavenly gentleness which charms and wins it. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

God only pours out his light into the mind after having subdued the rebellion of the will by an altogether heavenly gentleness which charms and wins it.


Quote: Happiness can be found neither in ourselves nor in external things, but in God and in ourselves as united to him. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Happiness can be found neither in ourselves nor in external things, but in God and in ourselves as united to him.


Quote: There are two types of mind ... the mathematical, and what might be called the intuitive. The former arrives at its views slowly, but they are firm and rigid; the latter is endowed with greater flexibility and applies itself simultaneously to the diverse lovable parts of that which it loves. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of Blaise Pascal quote: There are two types of mind ... the mathematical, and what might be called the intuitive. The former arrives at its views slowly, but they are firm and rigid; the latter is endowed with greater flexibility and applies itself simultaneously to the diverse lovable parts of that which it loves.- black text on quotes background

There are two types of mind ... the mathematical, and what might be called the intuitive. The former arrives at its views slowly, but they are firm and rigid; the latter is endowed with greater flexibility and applies itself simultaneously to the diverse lovable parts of that which it loves.


Quote: The self is hateful. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The self is hateful.


Quote: Good deeds, when concealed, are the most admirable. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Good deeds, when concealed, are the most admirable.


Quote: Jesus was in a garden, not of delight as the first Adam, in which he destroyed himself and the whole human race, but in one of agony, in which he saved himself and the whole human race. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Jesus was in a garden, not of delight as the first Adam, in which he destroyed himself and the whole human race, but in one of agony, in which he saved himself and the whole human race.


Quote: No man ever believes with a true and saving faith unless God inclines his heart; and no man when God does incline his heart can refrain from believing. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

No man ever believes with a true and saving faith unless God inclines his heart; and no man when God does incline his heart can refrain from believing.


Quote: The more intelligence one has, the more people one finds original. Commonplace people see no difference between men. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The more intelligence one has, the more people one finds original. Commonplace people see no difference between men.


Quote: Muhammad established a religion by putting his enemies to death; Jesus Christ by commanding his followers to lay down their lives. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Muhammad established a religion by putting his enemies to death; Jesus Christ by commanding his followers to lay down their lives.


Quote: 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. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

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.


Quote: I made this letter very long, because I did not have the leisure to make it shorter. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

I made this letter very long, because I did not have the leisure to make it shorter.




Quote: What a Chimera is man! What a novelty, a monster, a chaos, a contradiction, a prodigy! Judge of all things, an imbecile worm; depository of truth, and sewer of error and doubt; the glory and refuse of the universe. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

What a Chimera is man! What a novelty, a monster, a chaos, a contradiction, a prodigy! Judge of all things, an imbecile worm; depository of truth, and sewer of error and doubt; the glory and refuse of the universe.


Quote: Which is the more believable of the two, Moses or China? by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Which is the more believable of the two, Moses or China?


Quote: The statements of atheists ought to be perfectly clear of doubt. Now it is not perfectly clear that the soul is material. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The statements of atheists ought to be perfectly clear of doubt. Now it is not perfectly clear that the soul is material.




Quote: It is not only old and early impressions that deceive us; the charms of novelty have the same power. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

It is not only old and early impressions that deceive us; the charms of novelty have the same power.


Quote: To go beyond the bounds of moderation is to outrage humanity. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

To go beyond the bounds of moderation is to outrage humanity.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

To go beyond the bounds of moderation is to outrage humanity. The greatness of the human soul is shown by knowing how to keep within proper bounds. There are two equally dangerous extremes- to shut reason out, and not to let nothing in.


Quote: People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come into the mind of others. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come into the mind of others.


Quote: We are so presumptuous that we should like to be known all over the world, even by people who will only come when we are no more. Such is our vanity that the good opinion of half a dozen of the people around us gives us pleasure and satisfaction. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

We are so presumptuous that we should like to be known all over the world, even by people who will only come when we are no more. Such is our vanity that the good opinion of half a dozen of the people around us gives us pleasure and satisfaction.




Quote: The stream is always purer at its source. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The stream is always purer at its source.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The stream is always purer at its source.

Fr., Les choses valent toujours mieux dans leur source.


Quote: 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. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of Blaise Pascal quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: To ridicule philosophy is really to philosophize. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

To ridicule philosophy is really to philosophize.


Quote: To make a man a saint, it must indeed be by grace; and whoever doubts this does not know what a saint is, or a man. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

To make a man a saint, it must indeed be by grace; and whoever doubts this does not know what a saint is, or a man.


Quote: All the good maxims which are in the world fail when applied to one's self. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

All the good maxims which are in the world fail when applied to one's self.




Quote: Miracle does not always signify miracle. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Miracle does not always signify miracle.


Quote: Men are so completely fools by necessity that he is but a fool in a higher strain of folly who does not confess his foolishness. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Men are so completely fools by necessity that he is but a fool in a higher strain of folly who does not confess his foolishness.


Quote: Parents fear the destruction of natural affection in their children. What is this natural principle so liable to decay? Habit is a second nature, which destroys the first. Why is not custom nature? I suspect that this nature itself is but a first custom, as custom is a second nature. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of Blaise Pascal quote: Parents fear the destruction of natural affection in their children. What is this natural principle so liable to decay? Habit is a second nature, which destroys the first. Why is not custom nature? I suspect that this nature itself is but a first custom, as custom is a second nature.- black text on quotes background

Parents fear the destruction of natural affection in their children. What is this natural principle so liable to decay? Habit is a second nature, which destroys the first. Why is not custom nature? I suspect that this nature itself is but a first custom, as custom is a second nature.


Quote: Symmetry is what we see at a glance; based on the fact that there is no reason for any difference. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Symmetry is what we see at a glance; based on the fact that there is no reason for any difference.


Quote: A little thing comforts us because a little thing afflicts us. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

A little thing comforts us because a little thing afflicts us.


Quote: The whole title by which you possess your property, is not a title of nature but of a human institution. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The whole title by which you possess your property, is not a title of nature but of a human institution.


Quote: Vanity is so secure in the heart of man that everyone wants to be admired: even I who write this, and you who read this. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Vanity is so secure in the heart of man that everyone wants to be admired: even I who write this, and you who read this.


Quote: The Christian religion teaches me two points-that there is a God whom men can know, and that their nature is so corrupt that they are unworthy of Him. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The Christian religion teaches me two points-that there is a God whom men can know, and that their nature is so corrupt that they are unworthy of Him.






Quote: Amusement that is excessive and followed only for its own sake, allures and deceives us. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Amusement that is excessive and followed only for its own sake, allures and deceives us.


Quote: Is it courage in a dying man to go, in weakness and in agony, to affront an almighty and eternal God? by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Is it courage in a dying man to go, in weakness and in agony, to affront an almighty and eternal God?


Quote: I would inquire of reasonable persons whether this principle: Matter is naturally wholly incapable of thought, and this other: I think, therefore I am, are in fact the same in the mind of
Descartes, and in that of St. Augustine, who said the same thing twelve hundred years before. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of Blaise Pascal quote: I would inquire of reasonable persons whether this principle: Matter is naturally wholly incapable of thought, and this other: I think, therefore I am, are in fact the same in the mind of
Descartes, and in that of St. Augustine, who said the same thing twelve hundred years before.- black text on quotes background

I would inquire of reasonable persons whether this principle: Matter is naturally wholly incapable of thought, and this other: I think, therefore I am, are in fact the same in the mind of
Descartes, and in that of St. Augustine, who said the same thing twelve hundred years before.


Quote: Religion is so great a thing that it is right that those who will not take the trouble to seek it if it be obscure, should be deprived of it. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Religion is so great a thing that it is right that those who will not take the trouble to seek it if it be obscure, should be deprived of it.


Quote: Our own interests are still an exquisite means for dazzling our eyes agreeably. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Our own interests are still an exquisite means for dazzling our eyes agreeably.


Quote: Imagination is the deceptive part in man, the mistress of error and falsehood. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Imagination is the deceptive part in man, the mistress of error and falsehood.


Quote: Montaigne is wrong in declaring that custom ought to be followed simply because it is custom, and not because it is reasonable or just. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Montaigne is wrong in declaring that custom ought to be followed simply because it is custom, and not because it is reasonable or just.


Quote: The principles of pleasure are not firm and stable. They are different in all mankind, and variable in every particular with such a diversity that there is no man more different from
another than from himself at different times. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The principles of pleasure are not firm and stable. They are different in all mankind, and variable in every particular with such a diversity that there is no man more different from
another than from himself at different times.


Quote: The imagination enlarges little objects so as to fill our souls with a fantastic estimate; and, with rash insolence, it belittles the great to its own measure, as when talking of God. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The imagination enlarges little objects so as to fill our souls with a fantastic estimate; and, with rash insolence, it belittles the great to its own measure, as when talking of God.


Quote: Why God has instituted Prayer:-- To communicate to his creatures the dignity of causation. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Why God has instituted Prayer:-- To communicate to his creatures the dignity of causation.


Quote: Nothing is more dastardly than to act with bravado toward God. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Nothing is more dastardly than to act with bravado toward God.


Quote: It is not permitted to the most equitable of men to be a judge in his own cause. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

It is not permitted to the most equitable of men to be a judge in his own cause.


Quote: Man is nothing but insincerity, falsehood, and hypocrisy, both in regard to himself and in regard to others. He does not wish that he should be told the truth, he shuns saying it to others; and all these moods, so inconsistent with justice and reason, have their roots in his heart. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of Blaise Pascal quote: Man is nothing but insincerity, falsehood, and hypocrisy, both in regard to himself and in regard to others. He does not wish that he should be told the truth, he shuns saying it to others; and all these moods, so inconsistent with justice and reason, have their roots in his heart.- black text on quotes background

Man is nothing but insincerity, falsehood, and hypocrisy, both in regard to himself and in regard to others. He does not wish that he should be told the truth, he shuns saying it to others; and all these moods, so inconsistent with justice and reason, have their roots in his heart.


Quote: Nature imitates herself. A grain thrown into good ground brings forth fruit; a principle thrown into a good mind brings forth fruit. Everything is created and conducted by the same Master-the root, the branch, the fruits-the principles, the consequences. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Nature imitates herself. A grain thrown into good ground brings forth fruit; a principle thrown into a good mind brings forth fruit. Everything is created and conducted by the same Master-the root, the branch, the fruits-the principles, the consequences.


Quote: You gave me health that I might serve you; and so often I failed to use my good health in your service. Now you send me sickness in order to correct me Grant that, having ignored the things of spirit when my body was vigorous, I may now enjoy spiritual sweetness while my body groans with pain. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of Blaise Pascal quote: You gave me health that I might serve you; and so often I failed to use my good health in your service. Now you send me sickness in order to correct me Grant that, having ignored the things of spirit when my body was vigorous, I may now enjoy spiritual sweetness while my body groans with pain.- black text on quotes background

You gave me health that I might serve you; and so often I failed to use my good health in your service. Now you send me sickness in order to correct me Grant that, having ignored the things of spirit when my body was vigorous, I may now enjoy spiritual sweetness while my body groans with pain.


Quote: There are plenty of maxims in the world; all that remains is to apply them. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

There are plenty of maxims in the world; all that remains is to apply them.






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