Quotation Explorer - 'Blaise Pascal'

Man is to himself the most wonderful object in nature; for he cannot conceive what the body is, still less what the mind is, and least of all how a body should be united to a mind. This is the consummation of his difficulties, and yet it is his very being. - Blaise Pascal
Just as all things speak about God to those that know Him, and reveal Him to those that love Him, they also hide Him from all those that neither seek nor know Him. - Blaise Pascal
Our intellect holds the same position in the world of thought as our body occupies in the expanse of nature. - Blaise Pascal
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
Animals do not admire each other. A horse does not admire its companion. - Blaise Pascal
All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit quiet in a room alone. - Blaise Pascal
One must know oneself, if this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better. - Blaise Pascal
We are generally the better persuaded by the reasons we discover ourselves than by those given to us by others. - Blaise Pascal
Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed. - Blaise Pascal
Truth is so obscure in these times and falsehood so established that unless one loves the truth, he cannot know it. - Blaise Pascal
Fire. God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, not of the philosophers and the scholars. I will not forget thy word. Amen. - Blaise Pascal
God instituted prayer to communicate to creatures the dignity of causality. - Blaise Pascal
Knowlege of God without knowledge of man's wretchedness leads to pride. Knowledge of man's wretchedness without knowledge of God leads to despair. Knowledge of Jesus Christ is the middle course, because by it we discover both God and our wretched state. - Blaise Pascal
Nie betrieben die Menschen das Böse so umfassend und freudig wie aus religiöser Überzeugung. - Blaise Pascal
The Knowledge of God is very far from the love of Him. - Blaise Pascal
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction. - Blaise Pascal
We know truth, not only by reason, but also by the heart. - Blaise Pascal
People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves than by those found by others. - Blaise Pascal
To make a man a saint, it must indeed be by grace; and whoever doubts this does not know what a saint is, or a man. - Blaise Pascal
Few men speak humbly of humility, chastely of chastity, skeptically of skepticism. - Blaise Pascal
Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth. - Blaise Pascal
I made this [letter] very long, because I did not have the leisure to make it shorter. - Blaise Pascal
Since we cannot know all that there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything. - Blaise Pascal
The heart has its reasons which reason knows not. - Blaise Pascal
If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future. - Blaise Pascal
Man is but a reed, the weakest in nature, but he is a thinking reed. - Blaise Pascal
There is nothing we can now call our own, for what we call so is the effect of art; crimes are made by decrees of the senate, or by the votes of the people; and as here-to-fore we are burdened by vices, so now we are oppressed by laws. - Blaise Pascal
Kind words produce their images on men's souls. - Blaise Pascal
El amor no tiene edad; siempre está naciendo. - Blaise Pascal
I have made this letter long because i have not the time to make it shorter. - Blaise Pascal
Our notion of symmetry is derived from the human face. Hence, we demand symmetry horizontally and in breath only, not vertically nor in depth. - Blaise Pascal
To ridicule philosophy is really to philosophize. - Blaise Pascal
Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it. - Blaise Pascal
Few friendships would survive if each one knew what his friend says of him behind his back - Blaise Pascal
Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature; but he is a thinking reed. - Blaise Pascal
Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. Love still stands when all else has fallen. - Blaise Pascal
Since we cannot know all there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything. - Blaise Pascal
I have made this [letter] longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter. - Blaise Pascal
Let us weigh the gain and the loss, in wagering that God is. Consider these alternatives: if you win, you win all, if you lose you lose nothing. Do not hesitate, then, to wager that he is. - Blaise Pascal
Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. They make other people good-natured. They also produce their own image on men's souls, and a beautiful image it is. - Blaise Pascal
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
Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much - Blaise Pascal
The last thing one knows when writing a book is what to put first. - Blaise Pascal
The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of. - Blaise Pascal
Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves. - Blaise Pascal
The eternal silence of these infinite spaces fills me with dread. - Blaise Pascal
If all men knew what each said of the other, there would not be four friends in the world. - Blaise Pascal
I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room. - Blaise Pascal
I would prefer an intelligent hell to a stupid paradise. - Blaise Pascal
When we read too fast or too slowly, we understand nothing. - Blaise Pascal
It is man's natural sickness to believe that he possesses the truth. - Blaise Pascal
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