Blaise Pascal Quotes (527 quotes)
“The highest order of mind is accused of folly, as well as the lowest. Nothing is thoroughly approved but mediocrity. The majority has established this, and it fixes its fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way.”
Thoughts of Blaise Pascal (1849 edition), translated by Edward Craig, p. 133, "Detached Moral Thoughts, No. XVII"
Thoughts on Religion and Philosophy (1838 edition), p. 393, "Chapter XXX - Detached Moral Thoughts, No. IX"
“Reason's last step is the recognition that there are an infinite number of things which are beyond it.”
Pensées (1669), Section IV: Of the Means of Belief, No. 267
“Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair.”
Pensées (1669), Section VII: Morality and Doctrine, No. 528
Section IV On the Means of the Belief (242-290)
“Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.”
Pensées (1669), Section XIII: The Miracles, No. 864. Also in "Section XIV: Appendix: Polemical Fragments, No. 982"
Variant translation: "The heart has its reasons, which Reason does not know." From: Pensées (1669), Section IV: On the Means of the Belief, 277
“Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.”
Variant translation: "The imagination disposes of everything; it makes beauty, justice, and happiness, which is everything in the world." - Pensées (1669), Section II: The Misery of Man without God, No. 82
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsBlaise Pascal
Born: June 19, 1623
Died: August 19, 1662 (aged 39)
Bio: Blaise Pascal, was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic philosopher. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a tax collector in Rouen.
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