Blaise Pascal

1623 - 1662

A Quote by Blaise Pascal on time

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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.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Lettres Provinciales (1657), XVI

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

We arrive at truth, not by reason only, but also by the heart.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées. 1670.

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

Reason is the slow and tortuous method by which these who do not know the truth discover it. The heart has its own reason which reason does not know.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées. 1670.

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on feeling, judgment, principles, reason, and understanding

Those who are accustomed to judge by feeling do not understand the process of reasoning, because they want to comprehend at a glance and are not used to seeking for first principles. Those, on the other hand, who are accustomed to reason from first principles do not understand matters of feeling at all, because they look for first principles and are unable to comprehend at a glance.

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 fear, men, and religion

Men despise religion; they hate it, and they fear it is true.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées. 1670.

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on admiration, competence, and confession

Look somewhere else for someone who can follow you in your researches about numbers. For my part, I confess that they are far beyond me, and I am competent only to admire them.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Written to Fermat, In G. Simmons Calculus Gems, New York: McGraw Hill Inc., 1992.

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on passion and spirituality

However vast a man's spiritual resources, he is capable of but one great passion.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Discours sur les passions de l'amour. 1653.

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on death, nature, and rest

Our nature consists in movement; absolute rest is death.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées. 1670.

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on vices

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When the passions become masters, they are vices.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées. 1670.

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on clarity and profit

Perfect clarity would profit the intellect but damage the will.

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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