The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me.
Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)
Source: Pensées. 1670.
Contributed by: Zaady
Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere.
Nature is an infinite sphere whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.
Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed.
However vast a man's spiritual resources, he is capable of but one great passion.
Source: Discours sur les passions de l'amour. 1653.
Our nature consists in movement; absolute rest is death.
When the passions become masters, they are vices.
Perfect clarity would profit the intellect but damage the will.
Source: W. H. Auden and L. Kronenberger (eds.) The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.
Man is but a reed, the weakest in nature, but he is a thinking reed.
Man is obviously made for thinking. Therein lies all his dignity and his merit; and his whole duty is to think as he ought.
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