Blaise Pascal

1623 - 1662

A Quote by Blaise Pascal on nature, secrets, and understanding

For after all what is man in nature? A nothing in relation to infinity, all in relation to nothing, a central point between nothing and all and infinitely far from understanding either. The ends of things and their beginnings are impregnably concealed from him in an impenetrable secret. He is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness out of which he was drawn and the infinite in which he is engulfed.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on nature, secrets, and understanding

What is man in nature? Nothing in relation to the infinite, all in relation to nothing, a mean between nothing and everything and infinitely far from understanding either. The ends of things and their beginnings are impregnably concealed from him in an impenetrable secret. He is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness out of which he was drawn and the infinite in which he is engulfed.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées. 1670.

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on nature and thinking

Man is but a reed, the weakest in nature, but he is a thinking reed.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées. 1670.

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on dignity, duty, lies, merit, and thinking

Man is obviously made for thinking. Therein lies all his dignity and his merit; and his whole duty is to think as he ought.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées. 1670.

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on angels and misfortune

Man is neither angel nor beast; and the misfortune is that he who would act the angel acts the beast.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées. 1670.

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on chaos, errors, glory, judgment, novelty, shame, truth, uncertainty, and universe

What a chimera then is man! What a novelty! What a monster, what a chaos, what a subject of contradiction, what a prodigy! Judge of all things, feeble earthworm, depository of truth, a sink of uncertainty and error, the glory and the shame of the universe.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées, chapter x. 1670.

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on chastity, humility, men, and skepticism

Few men speak humbly of humility, chastely of chastity, skeptically of skepticism.

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

[I feel] engulfed in the infinite immensity of spaces whereof I know nothing, and which know nothing of me. I am terrified. The eternal silence of these infinite spaces alarms me.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées. 1670.

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on reason

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Reason's last step is the recognition that there are an infinite number of things which are beyond it.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées. 1670.

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on intelligence, men, originality, and people

The more intelligent one is, the more men of originality one finds. Ordinary people find no difference between men.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées. 1670.

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