Blaise Pascal


French Catholic Philosopher, Scientist, Mathematician, Inventor, Writer

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

The majority is the best way, because it is visible and has strength to make itself obeyed. Yet it is the opinion of the least able.

The least movement affects all nature; the entire sea changes because of a rock.

The knowledge of God is very far from the love of Him.

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

The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.

The highest order of mind is accused of folly, as well as the lowest. Nothing is thoroughly approved but mediocrity. The majority has established this, and it fixes its fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way.

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

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.

The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me.

Religion is suited to all kinds of minds. Some pay attention only to its establishment, and this religion is such that its very establishment suffices to prove its truth. Others trace it even to the apostles. The more learned go back to the beginning of the world. The angels see it better still, and from a more distant time.

Reason command us far more imperiously than a master; in disobeying the former, fools.

Perfect clarity would profit the intellect but damage the will.

Pride counterbalances all our miseries, for it either hides them, or, if it discloses them, boasts of that disclosure. Pride has such a thorough possession of us, even in the midst of our miseries and faults, that we are prepared to sacrifice life with joy, if it may be talked of.

Our nature tempts us perpetually; criminal desire is often excited; but sin is not completed till reason consents.

Our senses will not admit anything extreme. Too much noise confuses us, too much light dazzles us, too great distance or nearness prevents vision, too great prolixity or brevity weakens an argument, too much pleasure gives pain, too much accordance annoys.

Our imagination so magnifies this present existence, by the power of continual reflection on it, and so attenuates eternity, by not thinking of it at all, that we reduce an eternity; to nothingness, and expand a mere nothing to an eternity; and this habit is so inveterately rooted in us that all the force of reason cannot induce us to lay it aside.

Orthodoxy on one side of the Pyrenees may be heresy on the other.

Nothing is thoroughly approved but mediocrity. The majority have established this.

One-half of life is admitted by us to be passed in sleep, in which, however, it may appear otherwise, we have no perception of truth, and all our feelings are delusions; who knows but the other half of life, in which we think we are awake, is a sleep also, but in some respects different from the other, and from which we wake when we, as we call it sleep. As a man dreams often that he is dreaming, crowding one dreamy delusion on another.

Not only the zeal of those who seek Him proves God, but also the blindness of those who seek Him not.

No animal admires another animal.

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.

Nature has perfections, in order to show that she is the image of God; and defects, to show that she is only his image.

Nature has perfections, in order to show that she is the image of God; and defects, in order to show that she is only His image.

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French Catholic Philosopher, Scientist, Mathematician, Inventor, Writer