Blaise Pascal

1623 - 1662

A Quote by Blaise Pascal on aim, happiness, and men

All men have happiness as their object: there is no exception. However different the means they employ, they all aim at the same end.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on heart and reason

The heart has its reasons, whereof reason knows nothing. (La coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connait point)

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées. 1670.

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

The heart has reasons which the reason cannot understand.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on adultery, animals, desires, destruction, earth, emptiness, god, good, happiness, lies, losing, nature, plants, reason, survival, present, vices, and war

What does this desire and this inability of ours proclaim to us but that there was once in man a genuine happiness, of which nothing now survives but the mark and the empty outline; and this he vainly tries to fill from everything that lies around him, seeking from things that are not there the help that he does not get from those that are present? Yet they are quite incapable of filling the gap, because this infinite gulf can only be filled by an infinite and immutable object - that is, God, Himself. He alone is man's veritable good, and since man has deserted Him it is a strange thing that there is nothing in nature that has not been capable of taking His place for man: stars, sky, earth, elements, plants, cabbages, leeks, animals, insects, calves, serpents, fever, plague, war, famine, vices, adultery, incest. And since he has lost the true good, everything can equally appear to him as such - even his own destruction, though that is so contrary at once to God, to reason, and to nature.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées. 1670.

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on god

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"The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob," not of philosophers and scholars.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Writing found in Pascal's effects after his death.

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on good

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If you want others to have a good opinion of you, say nothing.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées. 1670.

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on divinity and love

Early things must be known to be loved: divine things must be loved to be known.

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on falsehood, lies, mistakes, and truth

All err the more dangerously because each follows a truth. Their mistake lies not in following a falsehood but in not following another truth.

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 certainty and uncertainty

It is not certain that everything is uncertain.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées. 1670.

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on evil

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Evil is easy, and has infinite forms.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées. 1670.

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