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"Animals do not admire each other. A horse does not admire its companion."
Thomas Mann
Blaise Pascal Quotes
All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
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, then, without hesitation, that He exists.
Blaise Pascal

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

Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.
Blaise Pascal

Desire and force between them are responsible for all our actions; desire causes our voluntary acts, force our involuntary.
Blaise Pascal

Do you wish people to think well of you? Don't speak well of yourself.
Blaise Pascal

Earnestness is enthusiasm tempered by reason.
Blaise Pascal

Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts.
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.
Blaise Pascal

Evil is easy, and has infinite forms.
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.
Blaise Pascal

Faith embraces many truths which seem to contradict each other.
Blaise Pascal

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

Few friendships would survive if each one knew what his friend says of him behind his back.
Blaise Pascal

Had Cleopatra's nose been shorter, the whole face of the world would have changed.
Blaise Pascal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't.
Blaise Pascal

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

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

It is the heart which perceives God and not the reason. That is what faith is: God perceived by the heart, not by the reason.
Blaise Pascal

Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair.
Blaise Pascal

Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical.
Blaise Pascal

Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.
Blaise Pascal

Law, without force, is impotent.
Blaise Pascal

Love has reasons which reason cannot understand.
Blaise Pascal

Man is but a reed, the weakest in nature, but he is a thinking reed.
Blaise Pascal

Man's greatness lies in his power of thought.
Blaise Pascal

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

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
Blaise Pascal

Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere.
Blaise Pascal

Nothing gives rest but the sincere search for truth.
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.
Blaise Pascal

Nothing is so intolerable to man as being fully at rest, without a passion, without business, without entertainment, without care.
Blaise Pascal

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.
Blaise Pascal

Our nature consist in motion; complete rest is death.
Blaise Pascal

People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves than by those found by others.
Blaise Pascal

Since we cannot know all that there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything.
Blaise Pascal

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

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

The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me.
Blaise Pascal

The gospel to me is simply irresistible.
Blaise Pascal

The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.
Blaise Pascal

The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.
Blaise Pascal

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

The present letter is a very long one, simply because I had no leisure to make it shorter.
Blaise Pascal

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

The struggle alone pleases us, not the victory.
Blaise Pascal

The war existing between the senses and reason.
Blaise Pascal

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.
Blaise Pascal

There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous.
Blaise Pascal

There are truths on this side of the Pyranees, which are falsehoods on the other.
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 billiards or hitting a ball, is sufficient enough to amuse him.
Blaise Pascal

Too much and too little wine. Give him none, he cannot find truth; give him too much, the same.
Blaise Pascal

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

Vanity is but the surface.
Blaise Pascal

Vanity of science. Knowledge of physical science will not console me for ignorance of morality in time of affliction, but knowledge of morality will always console me for ignorance of physical science.
Blaise Pascal

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

We conceal it from ourselves in vain - we must always love something. In those matters seemingly removed from love, the feeling is secretly to be found, and man cannot possibly live for a moment without it.
Blaise Pascal

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

We only consult the ear because the heart is wanting.
Blaise Pascal

We sail within a vast sphere, ever drifting in uncertainty, driven from end to end.
Blaise Pascal

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

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

You always admire what you really don't understand.
Blaise Pascal

Type:
Philosopher
Date of Birth:
1623-06-19
Year of Death:
1662
Nationality:
French
 

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