Blaise Pascal Quotes (527 quotes)
“We would never travel on the sea if we had no hope of telling about it later... We lose our lives with joy provided people talk about it... Even philosophers wish for admirers.”
“When we see a natural style, we are astonished and charmed; for we expected to see an author, and we find a person.”
Pensées (1669), Section I Thoughts on Mind and Style, No. 29
“If our condition were truly happy, we would not seek diversion from it in order to make ourselves happy.”
Pensées (1669), Section II: The Misery of Man without God, 165
“Art thou less a slave by being loved and favoured by thy master? Thou art indeed well off, slave. Thy master favours thee; he will soon beat thee.”
“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.”
Variant translation: "It is the heart which experiences God, and not the reason. This, then, is faith: God felt by the heart, not by the reason." - Pensées (1669), Section IV: On the Means of Belief, No. 278
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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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