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Blaise Pascal quotes (50)

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Cheerful

The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Perception

He that takes truth for his guide and duty for his end may safely trust to God's providence to lead him aright.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Provide

The more I see of men the better I like my dog.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Dog

Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. Mental trouble was never known to arise from such quarters. Though they do not cost much yet they accomplish much. They make other people good natured. They also produce their own image on mens souls and a beautiful image it is.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Kindness

However vast a mans spiritual resources he is capable of but one great passion.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Capable

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   Category: Man

We know the truth not only by the reason but by the heart.
Blaise Pascal   Category: 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   Category: Heart

The multitude which does not reduce itself to unity is confusion.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Unite

There is a God-shaped vacuum in every heart.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Unsorted

Words differently arranged have a different meaning and meanings differently arranged have a different effect.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Language

I have made this letter longer than usual only because I have not had the time to make it shorter. Je nai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je nai pa eu le loisir de la faire plus courte.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Letter

We are usually convinced more easily by reasons we have found ourselves than by those which have occurred to others.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Others

Reasons last step is the recognition that there are an infinite number of things which are beyond it.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Reason

The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Influence

Force and not opinion is the queen of the world; But it is opinion that uses force.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Force

Little things console us because little things afflict us.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Console

When the passions become masters they are vices.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Passion

The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Sick

Contradiction is not a sign of falsity nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Contradict

We are so presumptuous that we should like to be known all over the world even by people who will only come when we are no more. Such is our vanity that the good opinion of half a dozen of the people around us gives us pleasure and satisfaction.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Popular

Few men speak humbly of humility chastely of chastity skeptically of skepticism.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Hypocrisy

The sole cause of mans unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Quiet

Desire and force between them are responsible for all our Actions; desire causes our voluntary acts force our involuntary.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Desire

Men blaspheme what they do not know.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Blasphemy

It is the heart which perceives God and not the reason.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Faith

Early things must be known to be loved: divine things must be loved to be known.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Earth

The power of mans virtue should not be measured by his special efforts but by his ordinary doings.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Virtue

Nature is an infinite sphere whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Nature

Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Nothing

The excitement that a gambler feels when making a bet is equal to the amount he might win times the probability of winning it.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Games

We sometimes learn more from the sight of evil than from An example of good; and it is well to accustom ourselves to profit by the evil which is so common while that which is good is so rare.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Evil

To ridicule philosophy is really to philosophize.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Philosophy

Even those who write against fame wish for the fame of having written well and those who read their works desire the fame of having read them.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Writing

Do you wish men to speak well of you? Then never speak well of yourself.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Praise

Cleopatras nose had it been shorter the whole face of the world would have been changed.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Beauty


Blaise Pascal   Category: Mathematics

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   Category: Style

Continuous eloquence wearies.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Eloquence

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   Category: Happiness

It is the fight alone that pleases us not the victory.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Fight

Time heals griefs and quarrels for we change and are no longer the same persons.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Time

Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty justice and happiness which is everything in this world.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Illusions

Perfect clarity would profit the intellect but damage the will.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Perfection

The more intelligent one is the more men of originality one finds. Ordinary people find no difference between men.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Intelligent

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   Category: Thief

The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Discovery

If all men knew what each said of the other there would not be four friends in the world.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Gossip

Let us wager the gain and the loss is wagering that God is. Let us consider the two possibilities. If you gain you gain all; if you lose you lose nothing. Hesitate not then to wager that He is.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Gains