Blaise Pascal

1623 - 1662

A Quote by Blaise Pascal on concern, desires, good, love, mathematics, needs, and soldiers

Man is full of desires: he loves only those who can satisfy them all. "This man is a good mathematician," someone will say. But I have no concern for mathematics; he would take me for a proposition. "That one is a good soldier." He would take me for a besieged town. I need, that is to say, a decent man who can accommodate himself to all my desires in a general sort of way.

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 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 authors, style, and thought

When we encounter a natural style we are always surprised and delighted, for we thought to see an author and found a man.

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 eternity and silence

The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées. 1670.

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on nature

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

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées. 1670.

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on nature

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Nature is an infinite sphere whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

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