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

The consciousness of the falsity of present pleasures, and the ignorance of the vanity of absent pleasures, cause inconstancy.


The present letter is a very long one, simply because I had no leisure to make it shorter.


Nothing is so intolerable to man as being fully at rest, without a passion, without business, without entertainment, without care.


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.


The gospel to me is simply irresistible.


When we are in love we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before.


Habit is a second nature that destroys the first. But what is nature? Why is habit not natural? I am very much afraid that nature itself is only a first habit, just as habit is a second nature.


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


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


Few friendships would survive if each one knew what his friend says of him behind his back.


Vanity is but the surface.


Justice and truth are too such subtle points that our tools are too blunt to touch them accurately.


You always admire what you really don't understand.


The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.


Too much and too little wine. Give him none, he cannot find truth; give him too much, the same.


Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness.


If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.


Nothing is as approved as mediocrity, the majority has established it and it fixes it fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way.


There are two kinds of people one can call reasonable: those who serve God with all their heart because they know him, and those who seek him with all their heart because they do not know him.


The only shame is to have none.


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