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.
Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)
Source: Pensées. 1670.
Contributed by: Zaady
Self is hateful.
We run carelessly to the precipice, after we have put something before us to prevent us from seeing it.
Source: W. H. Auden and L. Kronenberger (eds.) The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.
All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit quiet in a room alone.
I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter. Je n'ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n'ai pa eu le loisir de la faire plus courte.
Source: Lettres Provinciales (1657), XVI
Our notion of symmetry is derived form the human face. Hence, we demand symmetry horizontally and in breadth only, not vertically nor in depth.
It is not from space that I must seek my dignity, but from the government of my thought. I shall have no more if I possess worlds. By space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom; by thought I comprehend the world.
Through space the universe grasps me and swallows me up like a speck; through thought I grasp it.
Time heals griefs and quarrels, for we change and are no longer the same persons.
To ridicule philosophy is really to philosophize.
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