Quotations by Blaise Pascal

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Born: Monday, June 19, 1623
Died: Saturday, August 19, 1662 (39 years old)
Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: French


A trifle consoles us, for a trifle distresses us.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Trifle)

All human evil comes from a single cause, man's inability to sit still in a room.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Cause, Evil, Man)

All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Men, Being, Quiet)

All of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Feeling, Surrender)

As men are not able to fight against death, misery, ignorance, they have taken it into their heads, in order to be happy, not to think of them at all.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Men, Death, Fight, Ignorance, Misery, Order)

Atheism shows strength of mind, but only to a certain degree.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Strength, Atheism, Mind)

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
(Keywords: Faith, Truth, Belief, Gain, Harm, Hesitation, Nothing, Will)

Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Life, Heaven, Hell, World)

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
(Keywords: Man, Quarrel, Right)

Chance gives rise to thoughts, and chance removes them; no art can keep or acquire them.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Art, Thoughts, Chance)

Concupiscence and force are the source of all our actions; concupiscence causes voluntary actions, force involuntary ones.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Actions, Causes, Force)

Continuous eloquence wearies. Grandeur must be abandoned to be appreciated. Continuity in everything is unpleasant. Cold is agreeable, that we may get warm.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Eloquence, May)

Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Truth, Contradiction)

Custom is our nature. What are our natural principles but principles of custom?
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Nature, Custom, Principles)

Desire and force between them are responsible for all our actions; desire causes our voluntary acts, force our involuntary.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Actions, Causes, Desire, Force)

Do you wish people to think well of you? Don't speak well of yourself.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: People)

Earnestness is enthusiasm tempered by reason.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Enthusiasm, Reason)

Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Thoughts, Eloquence, Painting)

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
(Keywords: Desire, Fame)

Evil is easy, and has infinite forms.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Evil, Infinite)

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
(Keywords: Faith, Senses)

Faith embraces many truths which seem to contradict each other.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Faith)

Faith indeed tells what the senses do not tell, but not the contrary of what they see. It is above them and not contrary to them.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Faith, Senses)

Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Faith, God, Proof)

Few friendships would survive if each one knew what his friend says of him behind his back.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Friend)

Habit is a second nature that destroys the first. But what is nature? Why is habit not natural? I am very much afraid that nature itself is only a first habit, just as habit is a second nature.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Nature, Habit, First)

Happiness is neither without us nor within us. It is in God, both without us and within us.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Happiness, God)

He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God's providence to lead him aright.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Trust, Truth, God, Duty, End, May, Providence)

Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known.
- 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.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Thought, Feet, Man)

I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Being, Evil, Man)

I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Time)

I maintain that, if everyone knew what others said about him, there would not be four friends in the world.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Friends, World)

If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Men, Friends, World)

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
(Keywords: First, Man, Study)

If our condition were truly happy, we would not seek diversion from it in order to make ourselves happy.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Order)

If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Thoughts, Future, Past)

If we must not act save on a certainty, we ought not to act on religion, for it is not certain. But how many things we do on an uncertainty, sea voyages, battles!
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Religion, Act, Certainty, Sea, Uncertainty)

If you gain, you gain all. If you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then, without hesitation, that He exists.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Gain, Hesitation, Nothing)

Imagination decides everything.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Imagination)

Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Imagination, Beauty, Happiness, Justice, World)

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
(Keywords: Action, Future, Past, Present, State)

In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Faith, Blind, Light, Shadows, Want)

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
(Keywords: May)

It is incomprehensible that God should exist, and it is incomprehensible that he should not exist.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: God)

It is natural for the mind to believe and for the will to love; so that, for want of true objects, they must attach themselves to false.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Love, Mind, Want, Will)

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
(Keywords: Victory, Fight)

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
(Keywords: Faith, God, Heart, Reason)

Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: God, Despair, Pride)



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