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.
Contributed by: Zaady
[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.
Source: Pensées. 1670.
Reason's last step is the recognition that there are an infinite number of things which are beyond it.
The more intelligent one is, the more men of originality one finds. Ordinary people find no difference between men.
It is not permitted to the most equitable of men to be a judge in his own cause.
Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just.
Justice without strength is powerless; strength without justice is tyrannical.
If you want others to have a good opinion of you, say nothing.
If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.
No soul of high estate can take pleasure in slander. It betrays a weakness.
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