37 Best Blaise Pascal Quotes

37 Best Blaise Pascal Quotes

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Blaise Pascal was an inventor, philosopher, and writer from Auvergne, France in the early 1600′s. He began his work at an extremely young age and has been dubbed a “child prodigy”. When he was just a teenager he spent three years developing the first mechanical calculators. After his father died he turned to religion and began writing on religious philosophy and theology. He died in 1662 at the age of 39.

“A few rules include all that is necessary for the perfection of the definitions, the axioms, and the demonstrations, and consequently of the entire method of the geometrical proofs of the
art of persuading.”

“All men are almost led to believe not of proof, but by attraction. This way is base, ignoble, and irrelevant; every one therefore disavows it. Each one professes to believe and even to love
nothing but what he knows to be worthy of belief and love.”

“All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.”

“All the excesses, all the violence, and all the vanity of great men, come from the fact that they know not what they are: it being difficult for those who regard themselves at heart as
equal with all men… For this it is necessary for one to forget himself, and to believe that he has some real excellence above them, in which consists this illusion that I am endeavoring to
discover to you.”

“All who say the same things do not possess them in the same manner; and hence the incomparable author of the Art of Conversation pauses with so much care to make it understood that we must
not judge of the capacity of a man by the excellence of a happy remark that we heard him make. …let us penetrate, says he, the mind from which it proceeds… it will oftenest be seen that
he will be made to disavow it on the spot, and will be drawn very far from this better thought in which he does not believe, to plunge himself into another, quite base and ridiculous.”

“Do not pretend then to rule them by force or to treat them with harshness. Satisfy their reasonable desires.”

“Do you wish people to think well of you? Don’t speak well of yourself.”

“FIRE. God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, not of the philosophers and scholars. Certainty. Certainty. Feeling. Joy. Peace.”

“For as old age is that period of life most remote from infancy, who does not see that old age in this universal man ought not to be sought in the times nearest his birth, but in those most
remote from it?”

“God only pours out his light into the mind after having subdued the rebellion of the will by an altogether heavenly gentleness which charms and wins it.”

“I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter.”

“I make no doubt… that these rules are simple, artless, and natural.”

“I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.”

“I would inquire of reasonable persons whether this principle: Matter is naturally wholly incapable of thought, and this other: I think, therefore I am, are in fact the same in the mind of
Descartes, and in that of St. Augustine, who said the same thing twelve hundred years before. ”

“If all men knew what each said of the other, there would not be four friends in the world.”

“In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.”

“In order to enter into a real knowledge of your condition, consider it in this image: A man was cast by a tempest upon an unknown island, the inhabitants of which were in trouble to find
their king, who was lost; and having a strong resemblance both in form and face to this king, he was taken for him, and acknowledged in this capacity by all the people.”

“It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants.”

“Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just.”

“Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.”

“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.”

“Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true.”

“Nature, which alone is good, is wholly familiar and common.”

“No one is ignorant that there are two avenues by which opinions are received into the soul, which are its two principal powers: the understanding and the will.”

“People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive.”

“People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves than by those found by others.”

“The eternal silence of these infinite spaces fills me with dread.”

“The method of not erring is sought by all the world. The logicians profess to guide it, the geometricians alone attain it, and apart from science, and the imitations of it, there are no
true demonstrations.”

“The mind must not be forced; artificial and constrained manners fill it with foolish presumption, through unnatural elevation and vain and ridiculous inflation, instead of solid and
vigorous nutriment.”

“The principles of pleasure are not firm and stable. They are different in all mankind, and variable in every particular with such a diversity that there is no man more different from
another than from himself at different times.”

“There are hardly any truths upon which we always remain agreed, and still fewer objects of pleasure which we do not change every hour, I do not know whether there is a means of giving fixed
rules for adapting discourse to the inconstancy of our caprices.”

“There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.”

“We view things not only from different sides, but with different eyes; we have no wish to find them alike.”

“What is it, in your opinion, to be a great nobleman? It is to be master of several objects that men covet, and thus to be able to satisfy the wants and the desires of many. It is these
wants and these desires that attract them towards you, and that make them submit to you: were it not for these, they would not even look at you; but they hope, by these services… to obtain
from you some part of the good which they desire, and of which they see that you have the disposal.”

“Whilst in speaking of human things, we say that it is necessary to know them before we love can them…the saints on the contrary say in speaking of divine things that it is necessary to
love them in order to know them, and that we only enter truth through charity.”

“You always admire what you really don’t understand.”

“You are in the same manner surrounded with a small circle of persons… full of desire. They demand of you the benefits of desire… You are therefore properly the king of desire. …equal
in this to the greatest kings of the earth… It is desire that constitutes their power; that is, the possession of things that men covet.”