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Blaise Pascal
June 19, 1623 - August 19, 1662
Nationality: French
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: French Philosopher

Through space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom; through thought I comprehend the world.


Words differently arranged have a different meaning, and meanings differently arranged have different effects.


The strength of a man's virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts.


Little things console us because little things afflict us.


We never love a person, but only qualities.


Concupiscence and force are the source of all our actions; concupiscence causes voluntary actions, force involuntary ones.


Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.


Earnestness is enthusiasm tempered by reason.


It is incomprehensible that God should exist, and it is incomprehensible that he should not exist.


The knowledge of God is very far from the love of Him.


A trifle consoles us, for a trifle distresses us.


Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.


Happiness is neither without us nor within us. It is in God, both without us and within us.


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.


The greater intellect one has, the more originality one finds in men. Ordinary persons find no difference between men.


We conceal it from ourselves in vain - we must always love something. In those matters seemingly removed from love, the feeling is secretly to be found, and man cannot possibly live for a moment without it.


We like security: we like the pope to be infallible in matters of faith, and grave doctors to be so in moral questions so that we can feel reassured.


We run carelessly to the precipice, after we have put something before us to prevent us seeing it.


Two things control men's nature, instinct and experience.


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?


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