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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.








Quote: Anyone who found the secret of rejoicing when things go well without being annoyed when they go badly would have found the point. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Anyone who found the secret of rejoicing when things go well without being annoyed when they go badly would have found the point.


Quote: If it is an extraordinary blindness to live without investigating what we are, it is a terrible one to live an evil life, while believing in God. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

If it is an extraordinary blindness to live without investigating what we are, it is a terrible one to live an evil life, while believing in God.


Quote: The captain of a ship is not chosen from those of the passengers who comes from the best family. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The captain of a ship is not chosen from those of the passengers who comes from the best family.


Quote: Apart from Jesus Christ, we do not know what is our life, nor our death, nor God, nor ourselves. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Apart from Jesus Christ, we do not know what is our life, nor our death, nor God, nor ourselves.


Quote: When a man who accepts the Christian doctrine lives unworthily of it, it is much clearer to say he is a bad Christian than to say he is not a Christian. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

When a man who accepts the Christian doctrine lives unworthily of it, it is much clearer to say he is a bad Christian than to say he is not a Christian.


Quote: If he exalts himself, I humble him. If he humbles himself, I exalt him. And I go on contradicting him Until he understands That he is a monster that passes all understanding. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

If he exalts himself, I humble him. If he humbles himself, I exalt him. And I go on contradicting him Until he understands That he is a monster that passes all understanding.


Quote: One of the greatest artifices the devil uses to engage men in vice and debauchery, is to fasten names of contempt on certain virtues, and thus fill weak souls with a foolish fear of passing for scrupulous, should they desire to put them in practice. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

One of the greatest artifices the devil uses to engage men in vice and debauchery, is to fasten names of contempt on certain virtues, and thus fill weak souls with a foolish fear of passing for scrupulous, should they desire to put them in practice.


Quote: Knowing God without knowing our wretchedness leads to pride. Knowing our wretchedness without knowing God leads to despair. Knowing Jesus Christ is the middle course, because in him we find both God and our wretchedness. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Knowing God without knowing our wretchedness leads to pride. Knowing our wretchedness without knowing God leads to despair. Knowing Jesus Christ is the middle course, because in him we find both God and our wretchedness.


Quote: The method of not erring is sought by all the world. The logicians profess to guide it, the geometricians alone attain it, and apart from science, and the imitations of it, there are no
true demonstrations. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The method of not erring is sought by all the world. The logicians profess to guide it, the geometricians alone attain it, and apart from science, and the imitations of it, there are no
true demonstrations.


Quote: How I hate this folly of not believing in the Eucharist, etc.! If the gospel be true, if Jesus Christ be God, what difficulty is there? by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

How I hate this folly of not believing in the Eucharist, etc.! If the gospel be true, if Jesus Christ be God, what difficulty is there?


Quote: The two principles of truth, reason and senses, are not only both not genuine, but are engaged in mutual deception. The senses deceive reason through false appearances, and the senses are disturbed by passions, which produce false impressions. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The two principles of truth, reason and senses, are not only both not genuine, but are engaged in mutual deception. The senses deceive reason through false appearances, and the senses are disturbed by passions, which produce false impressions.




Quote: Let it not be imagined that the life of a good Christian must be a life of melancholy and gloominess; for he only resigns some pleasures to enjoy others infinitely better. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Let it not be imagined that the life of a good Christian must be a life of melancholy and gloominess; for he only resigns some pleasures to enjoy others infinitely better.


Quote: Man's greatness is great in that he knows himself wretched. A tree does not know itself wretched. It is then being wretched to know oneself wretched; but it is being great to know that one is wretched. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Man's greatness is great in that he knows himself wretched. A tree does not know itself wretched. It is then being wretched to know oneself wretched; but it is being great to know that one is wretched.


Quote: If a man loves a woman for her beauty, does he love her? No; for the smallpox, which destroys her beauty without killing her, causes his love to cease. And if any one loves me for my judgment or my memory, does he really love me? No; for I can lose these qualities without ceasing to be. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of Blaise Pascal quote: If a man loves a woman for her beauty, does he love her? No; for the smallpox, which destroys her beauty without killing her, causes his love to cease. And if any one loves me for my judgment or my memory, does he really love me? No; for I can lose these qualities without ceasing to be.- black text on quotes background

If a man loves a woman for her beauty, does he love her? No; for the smallpox, which destroys her beauty without killing her, causes his love to cease. And if any one loves me for my judgment or my memory, does he really love me? No; for I can lose these qualities without ceasing to be.


Quote: To find recreation in amusement is not happiness. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

To find recreation in amusement is not happiness.


Quote: However vast a man's spiritual resources, he is capable of but one great passion. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

However vast a man's spiritual resources, he is capable of but one great passion.


Quote: I can readily conceive of a man without hands or feet; and I could conceive of him without a head, if experience had not taught me that by this he thinks, Thought then, is the essence of man, and without this we cannot conceive of him. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

I can readily conceive of a man without hands or feet; and I could conceive of him without a head, if experience had not taught me that by this he thinks, Thought then, is the essence of man, and without this we cannot conceive of him.


Quote: Bless yourself with holy water, have Masses said, and so on; by a simple and natural process this will make you believe, and will dull you -- will quiet your proudly critical intellect. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Bless yourself with holy water, have Masses said, and so on; by a simple and natural process this will make you believe, and will dull you -- will quiet your proudly critical intellect.


Quote: We are not satisfied with real life; we want to live some imaginary life in the eyes of other people and to seem different from what we actually are. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

We are not satisfied with real life; we want to live some imaginary life in the eyes of other people and to seem different from what we actually are.


Quote: The imagination disposes of everything. It creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are the whole of the world. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The imagination disposes of everything. It creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are the whole of the world.


Quote: There are hardly any truths upon which we always remain agreed, and still fewer objects of pleasure which we do not change every hour, I do not know whether there is a means of giving fixed
rules for adapting discourse to the inconstancy of our caprices. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

There are hardly any truths upon which we always remain agreed, and still fewer objects of pleasure which we do not change every hour, I do not know whether there is a means of giving fixed
rules for adapting discourse to the inconstancy of our caprices.


Quote: Our reason is always disappointed by the inconstancy of appearances. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Our reason is always disappointed by the inconstancy of appearances.


Quote: The state of man is inconstancy, ennui, anxiety. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The state of man is inconstancy, ennui, anxiety.


Quote: A jester, a bad character. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

A jester, a bad character.


Quote: Not only do we know God through Jesus Christ, we only know ourselves through Jesus Christ. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Not only do we know God through Jesus Christ, we only know ourselves through Jesus Christ.


Quote: We must learn our limits. We are all something, but none of us are everything. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

We must learn our limits. We are all something, but none of us are everything.


Quote: May God never abandon me. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

May God never abandon me.


Quote: We implore the mercy of God, not that He may leave us at peace in our vices, but that He may deliver us from them. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

We implore the mercy of God, not that He may leave us at peace in our vices, but that He may deliver us from them.


Quote: What a vast difference there is between knowing God and loving Him. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

What a vast difference there is between knowing God and loving Him.


Quote: It is not certain that everything is uncertain. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

It is not certain that everything is uncertain.


Quote: What matters it that man should have a little more knowledge of the universe? If he has it, he gets little higher. Is he not always infinitely removed from the end, and is not the duration of our life equally removed from eternity, even if it lasts ten years longer? by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of Blaise Pascal quote; white text on black background

What matters it that man should have a little more knowledge of the universe? If he has it, he gets little higher. Is he not always infinitely removed from the end, and is not the duration of our life equally removed from eternity, even if it lasts ten years longer?


Quote: The more I see of Mankind, the more I prefer my dog. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The more I see of Mankind, the more I prefer my dog.


Quote: Thought constitutes the greatness of man. Man is 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

Thought constitutes the greatness of man. Man is a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed.


Quote: The past and present are only our means; the future is always our end. Thus we never really live, but only hope to live. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The past and present are only our means; the future is always our end. Thus we never really live, but only hope to live.


Quote: Being unable to cure death, wretchedness and ignorance, men have decided, in order to be happy, not to think about such things. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Being unable to cure death, wretchedness and ignorance, men have decided, in order to be happy, not to think about such things.


Quote: What a chimera then is man. What a novelty! What a monster... what a contradiction, what a prodigy. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

What a chimera then is man. What a novelty! What a monster... what a contradiction, what a prodigy.


Quote: The last function of reason is to recognize that there are an infinity of things which surpass it. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The last function of reason is to recognize that there are an infinity of things which surpass it.


Quote: Reverend Fathers, my letters did not usually follow each other at such close intervals, nor were they so long.... This one would not be so long had I but the leisure to make it shorter. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Reverend Fathers, my letters did not usually follow each other at such close intervals, nor were they so long.... This one would not be so long had I but the leisure to make it shorter.


Quote: We never seek things for themselves, but for the search. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

We never seek things for themselves, but for the search.


Quote: Everyone, without exception, is searching for happiness. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Everyone, without exception, is searching for happiness.


Quote: There are two kinds of people one can call reasonable: those who serve God with all their heart because they know him, and those who seek him with all their heart because they do not know him. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

There are two kinds of people one can call reasonable: those who serve God with all their heart because they know him, and those who seek him with all their heart because they do not know him.


Quote: Nothing fortifies scepticism more than that there are some who are not sceptics; if all were so, they would be wrong. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Nothing fortifies scepticism more than that there are some who are not sceptics; if all were so, they would be wrong.


Quote: I have often said the soul cause of man's unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in a room. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

I have often said the soul cause of man's unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in a room.


Quote: Imagination magnifies small objects with fantastic exaggeration until they fill our soul, and with bold insolence cuts down great things to its own size, as when speaking of God. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Imagination magnifies small objects with fantastic exaggeration until they fill our soul, and with bold insolence cuts down great things to its own size, as when speaking of God.


Quote: If I believe in God and life after death and you do not, and if there is no God, we both lose when we die. However, if there is a God, you still lose and I gain everything. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

If I believe in God and life after death and you do not, and if there is no God, we both lose when we die. However, if there is a God, you still lose and I gain everything.


Quote: Death is easier to bear without thinking of it, than the thought of death without peril. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Death is easier to bear without thinking of it, than the thought of death without peril.


Quote: There are vices which have no hold upon us, but in connection with others; and which, when you cut down the trunk, fall like the branches. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

There are vices which have no hold upon us, but in connection with others; and which, when you cut down the trunk, fall like the branches.


Quote: Unless we love the truth we cannot know it. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Unless we love the truth we cannot know it.


Quote: Christian piety annihilates the egoism of the heart; worldly politeness veils and represses it. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Christian piety annihilates the egoism of the heart; worldly politeness veils and represses it.




Quote: Force rules the world-not opinion; but it is opinion that makes use of force. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Force rules the world-not opinion; but it is opinion that makes use of force.


Quote: Therefore, those to whom God has imparted religion by intuition are very fortunate and justly convinced. But to those who do not have it, we can give it only by reasoning, waiting for God to give them spiritual insight, without which faith is only human and useless for salvation. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of Blaise Pascal quote; white text on black background

Therefore, those to whom God has imparted religion by intuition are very fortunate and justly convinced. But to those who do not have it, we can give it only by reasoning, waiting for God to give them spiritual insight, without which faith is only human and useless for salvation.






Quote: For as old age is that period of life most remote from infancy, who does not see that old age in this universal man ought not to be sought in the times nearest his birth, but in those most
 remote from it? by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

For as old age is that period of life most remote from infancy, who does not see that old age in this universal man ought not to be sought in the times nearest his birth, but in those most
remote from it?


Quote: Those whom we call ancient were really new in all things, and properly constituted the infancy of mankind. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Those whom we call ancient were really new in all things, and properly constituted the infancy of mankind.




Quote: Cold words freeze people, and hot words scorch them, and bitter words make them bitter, and wrathful words make them wrathful. Kind words also produce their own image on men's souls; and a beautiful image it is. They smooth, and quiet, and comfort the hearer. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Cold words freeze people, and hot words scorch them, and bitter words make them bitter, and wrathful words make them wrathful. Kind words also produce their own image on men's souls; and a beautiful image it is. They smooth, and quiet, and comfort the hearer.


Quote: Kind words produce their images on men's souls. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Kind words produce their images on men's souls.


Quote: The Fall is an offense to human reason, but once accepted, it makes perfect sense of the human condition. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The Fall is an offense to human reason, but once accepted, it makes perfect sense of the human condition.


Quote: Dull minds are never either intuitive or mathematical. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Dull minds are never either intuitive or mathematical.


Quote: Everything that is written merely to please the author is worthless. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Everything that is written merely to please the author is worthless.




Quote: Man's sensitivity to the little things and insensitivity to the greatest are the signs of a strange disorder. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Man's sensitivity to the little things and insensitivity to the greatest are the signs of a strange disorder.


Quote: I bring you the gift of these four words: I believe in you. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

I bring you the gift of these four words: I believe in you.


Quote: The entire ocean is affected by a single pebble. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The entire ocean is affected by a single pebble.


Quote: All our troubles come from not being able to be alone. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

All our troubles come from not being able to be alone.


Quote: Let no one say that I have said nothing new... the arrangement of the subject is new. When we play tennis, we both play with the same ball, but one of us places it better. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Let no one say that I have said nothing new... the arrangement of the subject is new. When we play tennis, we both play with the same ball, but one of us places it better.


Quote: The world is satisfied with words. Few appreciate the things beneath. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The world is satisfied with words. Few appreciate the things beneath.


Quote: Ugly deeds are most estimable when hidden. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Ugly deeds are most estimable when hidden.


Quote: It is right that what is just should be obeyed. It is necessary that what is strongest should be obeyed. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

It is right that what is just should be obeyed. It is necessary that what is strongest should be obeyed.


Quote: The property of power is to protect. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The property of power is to protect.




Quote: The Jesuits have tried to combine God and the world, and have only earned the contempt of God and the world. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The Jesuits have tried to combine God and the world, and have only earned the contempt of God and the world.


Quote: Truth on this side of the Pyrenees, error on the other. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Truth on this side of the Pyrenees, error on the other.




Quote: Two similar faces, neither of which alone causes laughter, use laughter when they are together, by their resemblance. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Two similar faces, neither of which alone causes laughter, use laughter when they are together, by their resemblance.




Quote: How vain painting is, exciting admiration by its resemblance to things of which we do not admire the originals. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

How vain painting is, exciting admiration by its resemblance to things of which we do not admire the originals.


Quote: We like security: we like the pope to be infallible in matters of faith, and grave doctors to be so in moral questions so that we can feel reassured. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

We like security: we like the pope to be infallible in matters of faith, and grave doctors to be so in moral questions so that we can feel reassured.


Quote: When we read too fast or too slowly, we understand nothing. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

When we read too fast or too slowly, we understand nothing.


Quote: Christianity is strange. It bids man recognise that he is vile, even abominable, and bids him desire to be like God. Without such a counterpoise, this dignity would make him horribly vain, or this humiliation would make him terribly abject. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Christianity is strange. It bids man recognise that he is vile, even abominable, and bids him desire to be like God. Without such a counterpoise, this dignity would make him horribly vain, or this humiliation would make him terribly abject.




Quote: All things can be deadly to us, even the things made to serve us; as in nature walls can kill us, and stairs can kill us, if we do not walk circumspectly. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

All things can be deadly to us, even the things made to serve us; as in nature walls can kill us, and stairs can kill us, if we do not walk circumspectly.


Quote: When everyone is moving towards depravity, no one seems to be moving, but if someone stops he shows up the others who are rushing on, by acting as a fixed point. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

When everyone is moving towards depravity, no one seems to be moving, but if someone stops he shows up the others who are rushing on, by acting as a fixed point.




Quote: Discourses on humility are a source of pride in the vain and of humility in the humble. So those on scepticism cause believers to affirm. Few men speak humbly of humility, chastely of chastity, few doubtingly of scepticism. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Discourses on humility are a source of pride in the vain and of humility in the humble. So those on scepticism cause believers to affirm. Few men speak humbly of humility, chastely of chastity, few doubtingly of scepticism.


Quote: Look somewhere else for someone who can follow you in your researches about numbers. For my part, I confess that they are far beyond me, and I am competent only to admire them. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Look somewhere else for someone who can follow you in your researches about numbers. For my part, I confess that they are far beyond me, and I am competent only to admire them.




Quote: Faith is a sounder guide than reason. Reason can only go so far, but faith has no limits. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Faith is a sounder guide than reason. Reason can only go so far, but faith has no limits.


Quote: The art of subversion, of revolution, is to dislodge established customs by probing down to their origins in order to show how they lack authority and justice. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The art of subversion, of revolution, is to dislodge established customs by probing down to their origins in order to show how they lack authority and justice.


Quote: Amusement allures and deceives us and leads us down imperceptibly in thoughtlessness to the grave. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

Amusement allures and deceives us and leads us down imperceptibly in thoughtlessness to the grave.


Quote: The gist is that good and evil are foreordained. What is foreordained comes necessarily to be after a prior act of divine volition...Rather, everything small and large is written and comes to be in a known and expected measure. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

The gist is that good and evil are foreordained. What is foreordained comes necessarily to be after a prior act of divine volition...Rather, everything small and large is written and comes to be in a known and expected measure.


Quote: 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

If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that He exists.


Quote: Let man reawake and consider what he is compared with the reality of things; regard himself lost in this remote corner of Nature; and from the tiny cell where he lodges, to wit the Universe, weigh at their true worth earth, kingdoms, towns, himself. What is a man face to face with infinity? by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of Blaise Pascal quote: Let man reawake and consider what he is compared with the reality of things; regard himself lost in this remote corner of Nature; and from the tiny cell where he lodges, to wit the Universe, weigh at their true worth earth, kingdoms, towns, himself. What is a man face to face with infinity?- black text on quotes background

Let man reawake and consider what he is compared with the reality of things; regard himself lost in this remote corner of Nature; and from the tiny cell where he lodges, to wit the Universe, weigh at their true worth earth, kingdoms, towns, himself. What is a man face to face with infinity?


Quote: We feel neither extreme heat nor extreme cold; qualities that are in excess are so much at variance with our feelings that they are impalpable: we do not feel them, though we suffer from their effects. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

We feel neither extreme heat nor extreme cold; qualities that are in excess are so much at variance with our feelings that they are impalpable: we do not feel them, though we suffer from their effects.


Quote: What use is it to us to hear it said of a man that he has thrown off the yoke that he does not believe there is a God to watch over his actions, that he reckons himself the sole master of his behavior, and that he does not intend to give an account of it to anyone but himself? by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of Blaise Pascal quote; white text on black background

What use is it to us to hear it said of a man that he has thrown off the yoke that he does not believe there is a God to watch over his actions, that he reckons himself the sole master of his behavior, and that he does not intend to give an account of it to anyone but himself?


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


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