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Quotations from Blaise Pascal

1623-62

All this visible world is but an imperceptible point in the ample bosom of nature.

Pensées (1670)

Faith certainly tells us what the senses do not, but not the contrary of what they see; it is above, not against them.

Pensées (1670)

It is your own assent to yourself, and the constant voice of your own reason, and not of others, that should make you believe.

Pensées (1670)

Man is obviously made for thinking. Therein lies all his dignity and his merit; and his whole duty is to think as he ought.

Pensées (1670)

Men never do evil so fully and cheerfully as when we do it out of conscience.

Pensées (1670)

Mutual cheating is the foundation of society.

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The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing: we know this in countless ways.

Pensées (1670)

The more intelligent one is, the more men of originality one finds. Ordinary people find no difference between men.

Pensées (1670)

We run heedlessly into the abyss after putting something in front of us to stop us seeing it.

Pensées (1670)

What a chimera, then, is man! what a novelty, what a monster, what a chaos, what a subject of contradiction, what a prodigy! A judge of all things, feeble worm of the earth, depository of the truth, cloaca of uncertainty and error, the glory and the shame of the universe.

Pensées, chapter x (1670)



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