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

Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical.


The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me.


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


Justice is what is established; and thus all our established laws will necessarily be regarded as just without examination, since they are established.


It is the fight alone that pleases us, not the victory.


Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts.


The sensitivity of men to small matters, and their indifference to great ones, indicates a strange inversion.


Faith embraces many truths which seem to contradict each other.


Truly it is an evil to be full of faults; but it is a still greater evil to be full of them and to be unwilling to recognize them, since that is to add the further fault of a voluntary illusion.


It is natural for the mind to believe and for the will to love; so that, for want of true objects, they must attach themselves to false.


Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed.


It is the heart which perceives God and not the reason. That is what faith is: God perceived by the heart, not by the reason.


Man's true nature being lost, everything becomes his nature; as, his true good being lost, everything becomes his good.


Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere.


Man's greatness lies in his power of thought.


Thus so wretched is man that he would weary even without any cause for weariness... and so frivolous is he that, though full of a thousand reasons for weariness, the least thing, such as playing billiards or hitting a ball, is sufficient enough to amuse him.


Men blaspheme what they do not know.


Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.


Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known.


Continuous eloquence wearies. Grandeur must be abandoned to be appreciated. Continuity in everything is unpleasant. Cold is agreeable, that we may get warm.


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