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Blaise Pascal Quotes


A French mathematician, physicist and theologian.
(1623 - 1662)

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A jester, a bad character.
 

A tree does not know itself to be miserable. It is true that it is misery indeed to know one's self to be miserable; but then it is greatness also. In this way all man's miseries go to prove his greatness. They are the miseries of a mighty potentate, of a dethroned monarch.
[Misery]
 

A trifle consoles us because a trifle upsets us.
 

A truly worthy man should avoid naming himself; Christian piety annihilates the worldly me; worldly civility hides and suppresses it.
[Praise]
 

All human evil comes from a single cause, man's inability to sit still in a room.
 

All mankind's unhappiness derives from one thing: his inability to know how to remain in repose in one room.
[Unhappiness]
 

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

All men naturally hate one another. I hold it a fact, that if men knew exactly what one says of the other, there would not be four friends in the world.
 

All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
[Able]
 

All of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling.
 

All our dignity lies in our thoughts.
 

All our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling.
[Instincts]
 

All the good maxims which are in the world fail when applied to one's self.
 

Amusement that is excessive and followed only for its own sake, allures and deceives us, and leads us down imperceptibly in thoughtlessness to the grave.
[Amusements]
 

As men are not able to fight against death, misery, ignorance, they have taken it into their heads, in order to be happy, not to think of them at all.
[Able]
 

As we are always preparing to be happy, it is inevitable that we should never be so.
[The Present]
 

Atheism shows strength of mind, but only to a certain degree.
[Atheism]
 

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.
 

Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world.
 

Brave deeds are most estimable when hidden.
 


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