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Quote: If man were happy, he would be the more so, the less he was diverted, like the saints and God. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

If man were happy, he would be the more so, the less he was diverted, like the saints and God.


Quote: Without diversion we would be in a state of weariness, and this weariness would spur us on to seek a more solid means of escaping from it. But diversion amuses us, and leads us unconsciously to death. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Without diversion we would be in a state of weariness, and this weariness would spur us on to seek a more solid means of escaping from it. But diversion amuses us, and leads us unconsciously to death.


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

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.


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

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.


Quote: Any unity which doesn't have its origin in the multitudes is tyranny. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Any unity which doesn't have its origin in the multitudes is tyranny.


Quote: Do little things as if they were great, because of the majesty of the Lord Jesus Christ who dwells in thee. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Do little things as if they were great, because of the majesty of the Lord Jesus Christ who dwells in thee.


Quote: No soul of high estate can take pleasure in slander. It betrays a weakness. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

No soul of high estate can take pleasure in slander. It betrays a weakness.


Quote: Those who make antitheses by forcing the sense are like men who make false windows for the sake of symmetry. Their rule is not to speak justly, but to make accurate figures. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Those who make antitheses by forcing the sense are like men who make false windows for the sake of symmetry. Their rule is not to speak justly, but to make accurate figures.




Quote: Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves.


Quote: To understand is to forgive. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

To understand is to forgive.


Quote: To have no time for philosophy is to be a true philosopher. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

To have no time for philosophy is to be a true philosopher.


Quote: Fire. God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, not of the philosophers and the scholars. I will not forget thy word. Amen. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Fire. God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, not of the philosophers and the scholars. I will not forget thy word. Amen.


Quote: We sometimes learn more from the sight of evil than from an example of good; and it is well to accustom ourselves to profit by the evil which is so common, while that which is good is so rare. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

We sometimes learn more from the sight of evil than from an example of good; and it is well to accustom ourselves to profit by the evil which is so common, while that which is good is so rare.


Quote: What a strange vanity painting is; it attracts admiration by resembling the original, we do not admire. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

What a strange vanity painting is; it attracts admiration by resembling the original, we do not admire.


Quote: He no longer loves the person whom he loved ten years ago. I quite believe it. She is no longer the same, nor is he. He was young, and she also; she is quite different. He would perhaps love her yet, if she were what she was then. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

He no longer loves the person whom he loved ten years ago. I quite believe it. She is no longer the same, nor is he. He was young, and she also; she is quite different. He would perhaps love her yet, if she were what she was then.


Quote: A man does not show his greatness by being at one extremity, but rather by touching both at once. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

A man does not show his greatness by being at one extremity, but rather by touching both at once.


Quote: I should not be a Christian but for the miracles. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

I should not be a Christian but for the miracles.


Quote: Curiosity is only vanity. Most frequently we wish not to know, but to talk. We would not take a sea voyage for the sole pleasure of seeing without hope of ever telling. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Curiosity is only vanity. Most frequently we wish not to know, but to talk. We would not take a sea voyage for the sole pleasure of seeing without hope of ever telling.




Quote: The present is never the mark of our designs. We use both past and present as our means and instruments, but the future only as our object and aim. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The present is never the mark of our designs. We use both past and present as our means and instruments, but the future only as our object and aim.


Quote: Love has no age as it is always renewing itself. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Love has no age as it is always renewing itself.


Quote: What reason have atheists for saying that we cannot rise again? That what has never been, should be, or that what has been, should be again? Is it more difficult to come into being than to return to it. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

What reason have atheists for saying that we cannot rise again? That what has never been, should be, or that what has been, should be again? Is it more difficult to come into being than to return to it.


Quote: I can approve of those only who seek in tears for happiness. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

I can approve of those only who seek in tears for happiness.


Quote: When a soldier complains of his hard life (or a labourer, etc.) try giving him nothing to do. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

When a soldier complains of his hard life (or a labourer, etc.) try giving him nothing to do.


Quote: The authority of reason is far more imperious than that of a master; for he who disobeys the one is unhappy, but he who disobeys the other is a fool. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The authority of reason is far more imperious than that of a master; for he who disobeys the one is unhappy, but he who disobeys the other is a fool.


Quote: Don't try to add more years to your life. Better add more life to your years. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Don't try to add more years to your life. Better add more life to your years.


Quote: Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. They make other people good-natured. They also produce their own image on men's souls, and a beautiful image it is. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. They make other people good-natured. They also produce their own image on men's souls, and a beautiful image it is.


Quote: All sorrow has its root in man's inability to sit quiet in a room by himself. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

All sorrow has its root in man's inability to sit quiet in a room by himself.


Quote: I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.


Quote: By space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom; by thought I comprehend the world. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

By space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom; by thought I comprehend the world.


Quote: Man's true nature being lost, everything becomes his nature; as, his true good being lost, everything becomes his good. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Man's true nature being lost, everything becomes his nature; as, his true good being lost, everything becomes his good.


Quote: Chance gives rise to thoughts, and chance removes them; no art can keep or acquire them. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Chance gives rise to thoughts, and chance removes them; no art can keep or acquire them.


Quote: Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world.


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

A trifle consoles us, for a trifle distresses us.


Quote: Concupiscence and force are the source of all our actions; concupiscence causes voluntary actions, force involuntary ones. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Concupiscence and force are the source of all our actions; concupiscence causes voluntary actions, force involuntary ones.


Quote: I can well conceive a man without hands, feet, head. But I cannot conceive man without thought; he would be a stone or a brute. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

I can well conceive a man without hands, feet, head. But I cannot conceive man without thought; he would be a stone or a brute.


Quote: Nothing is as approved as mediocrity, the majority has established it and it fixes it fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Nothing is as approved as mediocrity, the majority has established it and it fixes it fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way.


Quote: Our nature consists in motion; complete rest is death. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Our nature consists in motion; complete rest is death.


Quote: The only shame is to have none. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The only shame is to have none.


Quote: The greater intellect one has, the more originality one finds in men. Ordinary persons find no difference between men. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The greater intellect one has, the more originality one finds in men. Ordinary persons find no difference between men.


Quote: Through space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom; through thought I comprehend the world. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Through space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom; through thought I comprehend the world.


Quote: It is good to be tired and wearied by the futile search after the true good, that we may stretch out our arms to the Redeemer. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

It is good to be tired and wearied by the futile search after the true good, that we may stretch out our arms to the Redeemer.


Quote: That we must love one God only is a thing so evident that it does not require miracles to prove it. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

That we must love one God only is a thing so evident that it does not require miracles to prove it.


Quote: All human evil comes from a single cause, man's inability to sit still in a room. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

All human evil comes from a single cause, man's inability to sit still in a room.


Quote: Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed.


Quote: Little things console us because little things afflict us. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Little things console us because little things afflict us.


Quote: The struggle alone pleases us, not the victory. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The struggle alone pleases us, not the victory.


Quote: You always admire what you really don't understand. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

You always admire what you really don't understand.


Quote: If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future.


Quote: The charm of fame is so great that we like every object to which it is attached, even death. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The charm of fame is so great that we like every object to which it is attached, even death.


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

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.


Quote: Two things control men's nature, instinct and experience. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Two things control men's nature, instinct and experience.


Quote: We are only falsehood, duplicity, contradiction; we both conceal and disguise ourselves from ourselves. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

We are only falsehood, duplicity, contradiction; we both conceal and disguise ourselves from ourselves.


Quote: We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

We know the truth not only through our reason but also through our heart. It is through the latter that we know first principles, and reason, which has nothing to do with it, tries in vain to refute them.


Quote: I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room.


Quote: Earnestness is enthusiasm tempered by reason. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Earnestness is enthusiasm tempered by reason.


Quote: It is the fight alone that pleases us, not the victory. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

It is the fight alone that pleases us, not the victory.


Quote: If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.


Quote: Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known.


Quote: Reason commands us far more imperiously than a master; for in disobeying the one we are unfortunate, and in disobeying the other we are fools. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Reason commands us far more imperiously than a master; for in disobeying the one we are unfortunate, and in disobeying the other we are fools.


Quote: I maintain that, if everyone knew what others said about him, there would not be four friends in the world. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

I maintain that, if everyone knew what others said about him, there would not be four friends in the world.


Quote: If man made himself the first object of study, he would see how incapable he is of going further. How can a part know the whole? by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

If man made himself the first object of study, he would see how incapable he is of going further. How can a part know the whole?


Quote: Custom is our nature. What are our natural principles but principles of custom? by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Custom is our nature. What are our natural principles but principles of custom?


Quote: Faith embraces many truths which seem to contradict each other. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Faith embraces many truths which seem to contradict each other.


Quote: Vanity is but the surface. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Vanity is but the surface.


Quote: Thus so wretched is man that he would weary even without any cause for weariness... and so frivolous is he that, though full of a thousand reasons for weariness, the least thing, such as playing billiards or hitting a ball, is sufficient enough to amuse him. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Thus so wretched is man that he would weary even without any cause for weariness... and so frivolous is he that, though full of a thousand reasons for weariness, the least thing, such as playing billiards or hitting a ball, is sufficient enough to amuse him.


Quote: Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true.


Quote: Words differently arranged have a different meaning, and meanings differently arranged have different effects. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Words differently arranged have a different meaning, and meanings differently arranged have different effects.


Quote: The supreme function of reason is to show man that some things are beyond reason. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The supreme function of reason is to show man that some things are beyond reason.


Quote: All of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

All of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling.


Quote: Evil is easily discovered; there is an infinite variety. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Evil is easily discovered; there is an infinite variety.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Evil is easily discovered; there is an infinite variety; good is almost unique. But some kinds of evil are almost as difficult to discover as that which we call good; and often particular evil of this class passes for good. It needs even a certain greatness of soul to attain to this, as to that which is good.


Quote: Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.


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

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.


Quote: We view things not only from different sides, but with different eyes; we have no wish to find them alike. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

We view things not only from different sides, but with different eyes; we have no wish to find them alike.


Quote: Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed.


Quote: Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Eloquence is a painting of thought; and thus those who, after having painted it, add something more, make a picture instead of a portrait.


Quote: The consciousness of the falsity of present pleasures, and the ignorance of the vanity of absent pleasures, cause inconstancy. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The consciousness of the falsity of present pleasures, and the ignorance of the vanity of absent pleasures, cause inconstancy.


Quote: Law, without force, is impotent. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Law, without force, is impotent.


Quote: The immortality of the soul is a matter which is of so great consequence to us and which touches us so profoundly that we must have lost all feeling to be indifferent about it. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The immortality of the soul is a matter which is of so great consequence to us and which touches us so profoundly that we must have lost all feeling to be indifferent about it.


Quote: The strength of a man's virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The strength of a man's virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts.


Quote: When we see a natural style, we are astonished and charmed; for we expected to see an author, and we find a person. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

When we see a natural style, we are astonished and charmed; for we expected to see an author, and we find a person.


Quote: Nothing gives rest but the sincere search for truth. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Nothing gives rest but the sincere search for truth.


Quote: It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants.


Quote: In each action we must look beyond the action at our past, present, and future state, and at others whom it affects, and see the relations of all those things. And then we shall be very cautious. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

In each action we must look beyond the action at our past, present, and future state, and at others whom it affects, and see the relations of all those things. And then we shall be very cautious.


Quote: Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of a river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarrelled with him? by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of a river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarrelled with him?


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