Blaise Pascal Quote
Thoughts on Religion and Philosophy (1838 edition), p. 393, "Chapter XXX - Detached Moral Thoughts, No. IX"
“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"
“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
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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