Quotes by Blaise Pascal

The self is hateful.
- Blaise Pascal
Vanity is but the surface.
- Blaise Pascal
The only shame is to have none.
- Blaise Pascal
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Imagination decides everything.
- Blaise Pascal
Law, without force, is impotent.
- Blaise Pascal
Men blaspheme what they do not know.
- Blaise Pascal
Evil is easy, and has infinite forms.
- Blaise Pascal
Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts.
- Blaise Pascal
The gospel to me is simply irresistible.
- Blaise Pascal
We never love a person, but only qualities.
- Blaise Pascal
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Earnestness is enthusiasm tempered by reason.
- Blaise Pascal
The struggle alone pleases us, not the victory.
- Blaise Pascal
Love has reasons which reason cannot understand.
- Blaise Pascal
Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed.
- Blaise Pascal
A trifle consoles us, for a trifle distresses us.
- Blaise Pascal
Man's greatness lies in his power of thought.
- Blaise Pascal
All of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling.
- Blaise Pascal
Nothing gives rest but the sincere search for truth.
- Blaise Pascal
We only consult the ear because the heart is wanting.
- Blaise Pascal
Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.
- Blaise Pascal
The knowledge of God is very far from the love of Him.
- Blaise Pascal
Our nature consists in motion; complete rest is death.
- Blaise Pascal
It is the fight alone that pleases us, not the victory.
- Blaise Pascal
The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.
- Blaise Pascal
You always admire what you really don't understand.
- Blaise Pascal
Little things console us because little things afflict us.
- Blaise Pascal
The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me.
- Blaise Pascal
To have no time for philosophy is to be a true philosopher.
- Blaise Pascal
Atheism shows strength of mind, but only to a certain degree.
- Blaise Pascal
Two things control men's nature, instinct and experience.
- Blaise Pascal
Faith embraces many truths which seem to contradict each other.
- Blaise Pascal
Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true.
- Blaise Pascal
We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.
- Blaise Pascal
Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical.
- Blaise Pascal
Do you wish people to think well of you? Don't speak well of yourself.
- Blaise Pascal
It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants.
- Blaise Pascal
Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed.
- Blaise Pascal
Custom is our nature. What are our natural principles but principles of custom?
- Blaise Pascal
All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
- Blaise Pascal
Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.
- Blaise Pascal
The supreme function of reason is to show man that some things are beyond reason.
- Blaise Pascal
Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God.
- Blaise Pascal
When we are in love we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before.
- Blaise Pascal
We sail within a vast sphere, ever drifting in uncertainty, driven from end to end.
- Blaise Pascal
Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known.
- Blaise Pascal
Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.
- Blaise Pascal
All human evil comes from a single cause, man's inability to sit still in a room.
- Blaise Pascal
If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.
- Blaise Pascal
Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness.
- Blaise Pascal
Chance gives rise to thoughts, and chance removes them; no art can keep or acquire them.
- Blaise Pascal
The present letter is a very long one, simply because I had no leisure to make it shorter.
- Blaise Pascal
Few friendships would survive if each one knew what his friend says of him behind his back.
- Blaise Pascal
Happiness is neither without us nor within us. It is in God, both without us and within us.
- Blaise Pascal
Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world.
- Blaise Pascal
The charm of fame is so great that we like every object to which it is attached, even death.
- Blaise Pascal
The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.
- Blaise Pascal
If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future.
- Blaise Pascal
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
- Blaise Pascal
Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere.
- Blaise Pascal
Too much and too little wine. Give him none, he cannot find truth; give him too much, the same.
- Blaise Pascal
It is incomprehensible that God should exist, and it is incomprehensible that he should not exist.
- Blaise Pascal
We run carelessly to the precipice, after we have put something before us to prevent us seeing it.
- Blaise Pascal
Justice and truth are too such subtle points that our tools are too blunt to touch them accurately.
- Blaise Pascal
I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter.
- Blaise Pascal
That we must love one God only is a thing so evident that it does not require miracles to prove it.
- Blaise Pascal
I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room.
- Blaise Pascal
People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves than by those found by others.
- Blaise Pascal
We are only falsehood, duplicity, contradiction; we both conceal and disguise ourselves from ourselves.
- Blaise Pascal
If our condition were truly happy, we would not seek diversion from it in order to make ourselves happy.
- Blaise Pascal
If you gain, you gain all. If you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then, without hesitation, that He exists.
- Blaise Pascal
We view things not only from different sides, but with different eyes; we have no wish to find them alike.
- Blaise Pascal
I maintain that, if everyone knew what others said about him, there would not be four friends in the world.
- Blaise Pascal
Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair.
- Blaise Pascal
The sensitivity of men to small matters, and their indifference to great ones, indicates a strange inversion.
- Blaise Pascal
In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't.
- Blaise Pascal
The strength of a man's virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts.
- Blaise Pascal
Words differently arranged have a different meaning, and meanings differently arranged have different effects.
- 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
Through space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom; through thought I comprehend the world.
- Blaise Pascal
The greatness of man is great in that he knows himself to be wretched. A tree does not know itself to be wretched.
- Blaise Pascal
Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.
- Blaise Pascal
When we see a natural style, we are astonished and charmed; for we expected to see an author, and we find a person.
- 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
Faith certainly tells us what the senses do not, but not the contrary of what they see; it is above, not against them.
- Blaise Pascal
The greater intellect one has, the more originality one finds in men. Ordinary persons find no difference between men.
- 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
There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous.
- Blaise Pascal
Concupiscence and force are the source of all our actions; concupiscence causes voluntary actions, force involuntary ones.
- Blaise Pascal
Desire and force between them are responsible for all our actions; desire causes our voluntary acts, force our involuntary.
- Blaise Pascal
Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just.
- Blaise Pascal
Man's true nature being lost, everything becomes his nature; as, his true good being lost, everything becomes his good.
- Blaise Pascal
It is the heart which perceives God and not the reason. That is what faith is: God perceived by the heart, not by the reason.
- Blaise Pascal
It is good to be tired and wearied by the futile search after the true good, that we may stretch out our arms to the Redeemer.
- Blaise Pascal
Nothing fortifies scepticism more than the fact that there are some who are not sceptics; if all were so, they would be wrong.
- Blaise Pascal
The consciousness of the falsity of present pleasures, and the ignorance of the vanity of absent pleasures, cause inconstancy.
- Blaise Pascal
I can well conceive a man without hands, feet, head. But I cannot conceive man without thought; he would be a stone or a brute.
- Blaise Pascal
Men often take their imagination for their heart; and they believe they are converted as soon as they think of being converted.
- Blaise Pascal
If man made himself the first object of study, he would see how incapable he is of going further. How can a part know the whole?
- Blaise Pascal
Faith indeed tells what the senses do not tell, but not the contrary of what they see. It is above them and not contrary to them.
- Blaise Pascal
Nothing is so intolerable to man as being fully at rest, without a passion, without business, without entertainment, without care.
- 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
Nothing is as approved as mediocrity, the majority has established it and it fixes its fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way.
- Blaise Pascal
It is natural for the mind to believe and for the will to love; so that, for want of true objects, they must attach themselves to false.
- Blaise Pascal
Reason commands us far more imperiously than a master; for in disobeying the one we are unfortunate, and in disobeying the other we are fools.
- 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
Time heals griefs and quarrels, for we change and are no longer the same persons. Neither the offender nor the offended are any more themselves.
- Blaise Pascal
The last act is bloody, however pleasant all the rest of the play is: a little earth is thrown at last upon our head, and that is the end forever.
- Blaise Pascal

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