Blaise Pascal

1623 - 1662

A Quote by Blaise Pascal on nature and world

All this visible world is but an imperceptible point in the ample bosom of nature.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées (1670)

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on authors

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Anything that is written to please the author is worthless.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on heart, reason, and truth

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

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées. 1670.

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on boasts, books, effort, faith, men, reading, and truth

[Unbelievers] think they have made great efforts to get at the truth when they have spent a few hours in reading some book out of Holy Scripture, and have questioned some cleric about the truths of the faith. After that, they boast that they have searched in books and among men in vain.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées. 1670.

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on unhappiness

The sole cause of man's unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées. 1670.

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on confusion and unity

The multitude which does not reduce itself to unity is confusion.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on desires, glory, reading, and vanity

Those who write against vanity want the glory of having written well, and their readers the glory of reading well, and I who write this have the same desire, as perhaps those who read this have also.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: W. H. Auden and L. Kronenberger (eds.) The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on good, people, pleasure, satisfaction, vanity, and world

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.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées. 1670.

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on judgment and work

I cannot judge my work while I am doing it. I have to do as painters do, stand back and view it from a distance, but not too great a distance. How great? Guess.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: W. H. Auden and L. Kronenberger (eds.) The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on effort, power, and virtue

The power of man's virtue should not be measured by his special efforts, but by his ordinary doings.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

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