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quote by Blaise Pascal: If our condition were truly happy we should not need to divert ourselves from thinking about it. (12). with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

If our condition were truly happy we should not need to divert ourselves from thinking about it. (12).

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: If man were happy, he would be the more so, the less he was diverted, like the saints and God. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: 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. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: 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, depe… with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: 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. with background image: 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.

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

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

--Blaise Pascal

quote by Blaise Pascal: Do little things as if they were great, because of the majesty of the Lord Jesus Christ who dwells in thee. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: No soul of high estate can take pleasure in slander. It betrays a weakness. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

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

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: 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. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal


quote by Blaise Pascal: Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too.

--Blaise Pascal

Longer Version:

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 by Blaise Pascal: To understand is to forgive. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

To understand is to forgive.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: To have no time for philosophy is to be a true philosopher. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

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

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: Fire. God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, not of the philosophers and the scholars. I will not forget thy word. Amen. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: 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. with background image: 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.

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

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

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: 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,… with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: A man does not show his greatness by being at one extremity, but rather by touching both at once. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: I should not be a Christian but for the miracles. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

I should not be a Christian but for the miracles.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: 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. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal

quote by Blaise Pascal: 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. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: Love has no age as it is always renewing itself. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Love has no age as it is always renewing itself.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: 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 … with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: I can approve of those only who seek in tears for happiness. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

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

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: When a soldier complains of his hard life (or a labourer, etc.) try giving him nothing to do. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: 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. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: I would prefer an intelligent hell to a stupid paradise. with background image: man and woman holding hands in silhouette photography
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I would prefer an intelligent hell to a stupid paradise.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: Don't try to add more years to your life. Better add more life to your years. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

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

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: 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. with background image: 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.

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

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

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: By space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom; by thought I comprehend the world. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: The heart has reasons, which reason does not know. with background image: fawn pug lying on floor
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The heart has reasons, which reason does not know.

--Blaise Pascal

Longer Version:

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


quote by Blaise Pascal: Man's true nature being lost, everything becomes his nature; as, his true good being lost, everything becomes his good. with background image: 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.

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

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

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: A trifle consoles us, for a trifle distresses us. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

A trifle consoles us, for a trifle distresses us.

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

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

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: 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. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: Nothing is as approved as mediocrity, the majority has established it and it fixes it fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: Our nature consists in motion; complete rest is death. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Our nature consists in motion; complete rest is death.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: The only shame is to have none. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The only shame is to have none.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: The greater intellect one has, the more originality one finds in men. Ordinary persons find no difference between men. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: Through space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom; through thought I comprehend the world. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: 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. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: That we must love one God only is a thing so evident that it does not require miracles to prove it. with background image: 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.

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

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

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

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

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: Little things console us because little things afflict us. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Little things console us because little things afflict us.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: The struggle alone pleases us, not the victory. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The struggle alone pleases us, not the victory.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: You always admire what you really don't understand. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

You always admire what you really don't understand.

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

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

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: The charm of fame is so great that we like every object to which it is attached, even death. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: 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. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: Faith certainly tells us what the senses do not, but not the contrary of what they see; it is above, not against them. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Faith certainly tells us what the senses do not, but not the contrary of what they see; it is above, not against them.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: Two things control men's nature, instinct and experience. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

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

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

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

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

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

--Blaise Pascal

Longer Version:

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 by Blaise Pascal: Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

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

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: Earnestness is enthusiasm tempered by reason. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Earnestness is enthusiasm tempered by reason.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: It is the fight alone that pleases us, not the victory. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

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

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

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

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: 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. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: I maintain that, if everyone knew what others said about him, there would not be four friends in the world. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: 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? with background image: 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?

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: Custom is our nature. What are our natural principles but principles of custom? with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

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

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: Justice and truth are too such subtle points that our tools are too blunt to touch them accurately. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Justice and truth are too such subtle points that our tools are too blunt to touch them accurately.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: Faith embraces many truths which seem to contradict each other. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Faith embraces many truths which seem to contradict each other.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: Vanity is but the surface. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Vanity is but the surface.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: 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 bill… with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

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

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: Words differently arranged have a different meaning, and meanings differently arranged have different effects. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

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

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: The supreme function of reason is to show man that some things are beyond reason. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

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

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: All of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

All of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: We only consult the ear because the heart is wanting. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

We only consult the ear because the heart is wanting.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: Evil is easily discovered; there is an infinite variety. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Evil is easily discovered; there is an infinite variety.

--Blaise Pascal

Longer Version:

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 by Blaise Pascal: All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

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

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: 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… with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: We view things not only from different sides, but with different eyes; we have no wish to find them alike. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble. with background image: water on seashore
Background Photo: Anastasia Taioglou

The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: When we are in love we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

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

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts.

--Blaise Pascal

Longer Version:

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 by Blaise Pascal: The consciousness of the falsity of present pleasures, and the ignorance of the vanity of absent pleasures, cause inconstancy. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: Law, without force, is impotent. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Law, without force, is impotent.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: 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. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: The strength of a man's virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: When we see a natural style, we are astonished and charmed; for we expected to see an author, and we find a person. with background image: 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.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: Nothing gives rest but the sincere search for truth. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Nothing gives rest but the sincere search for truth.

--Blaise Pascal
quote by Blaise Pascal: It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants. with background image: photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

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

--Blaise Pascal

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