1623 – 1662, French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher
... Among the contemporaries of Descartes none displayed greater natural genius than Pascal, but his mathematical reputation rests more on what he might have done than on what he actually effected, as during a considerable part of his life he deemed it his duty to devote his whole time to religious exercises. (Click here to continue)
Blaise Pascal quotes:
Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts.
All human evil comes from a single cause, man's inability to sit still in a room.
People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered by themselves than those found by others.
Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith cannot be proved, what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it proves false? If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that He exists.
Continuous eloquence wearies. Grandeur must be abandoned to be appreciated. Continuity in everything is unpleasant. Cold is agreeable, that we may get warm.
We are usually convinced more easily by reasons we have found ourselves than by those which have occurred to others.
I cannot judge my work while I am doing it. I have to do as painters do, stand back and view it from a distance, but not too great a distance.
Do you wish people to think well of you? Don't speak well of yourself.
There is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't.
Happiness is neither without us nor within us. It is in God, both without us and within us.
Je n'ai fait cette lettre - ci plus longue que parce que je n'ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte.
Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.
Our achievements of today are but the sum total of our thoughts of yesterday. You are today where the thoughts of yesterday have brought you and you will be tomorrow where the thoughts of today take you.
Words differently arranged have different meanings, and meanings differently arranged have a different effect.
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