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“It is not possible to have reasonable grounds for not believing in miracles.”

 

Blaise Pascal

“It is not shameful for a man to succumb to pain and it is shameful to succumb to pleasure.”

 

Blaise Pascal

“You see, if the height of the mercury [barometer] column is less on the top of a mountain than at the foot of it (as I have many reasons for believing, although everyone who has so far written about it is of the contrary opinion), it follows that the weight of the air must be the sole cause of the phenomenon, and not that abhorrence of a vacuum, since it is obvious that at the foot of the mountain there is more air to have weight than at the summit, and we cannot possibly say that the air at the foot of the mountain has a greater aversion to empty space than at the top.”

 

Blaise Pascal

“It is an appalling thing to feel all one possesses drain away.”

 

Blaise Pascal

“The multitude which is not brought to act as a unity, is confusion. That unity which has not its origin in the multitude is tyranny.”

 

Blaise Pascal

“Let us now speak according to natural lights. If there is a God, He is infinitely incomprehensible. . . . We are then incapable of knowing of either what He is or if He is. . . .”

 

Blaise Pascal

“Therefore, those to whom God has imparted religion by intuition are very fortunate and justly convinced. But to those who do not have it, we can give it only by reasoning, waiting for God to give them spiritual insight, without which faith is only human and useless for salvation.”

 

Blaise Pascal

“The philosophers talk to you about the dignity of man, and they tempt you to pride, or they talk to you about the misery of man, and they tempt you to despair.”

 

Blaise Pascal

“Those honor nature well, who teach that she can speak on everything…”

 

Blaise Pascal

“No animal admires another animal.”

 

Blaise Pascal

“If magistrates had true justice, and if physicians had the true art of healing, they would have no occasion for square caps; the majesty of these sciences would itself be venerable enough.”

 

Blaise Pascal

“The multitude which does not reduce itself to unity is confusion.”

 

Blaise Pascal

“Man’s true nature being lost, everything becomes his nature; as, his true good being lost, everything becomes his good.”

 

Blaise Pascal

“Let us weigh the gain and the loss, in wagering that God is. Consider these alternatives: if you win, you win all, if you lose you lose nothing. Do not hesitate, then, to wager that he is.”

 

Blaise Pascal

“We sometimes learn more from the sight of evil than from an example of good; and it is well to accustom ourselves to profit by the evil which is so common, while that which is good is so rare.”

 

Blaise Pascal

“No one is ignorant that there are two avenues by which opinions are received into the soul, which are its two principal powers: the understanding and the will.”

 

Blaise Pascal

“The secrets of nature are concealed; her agency is perpetual, but we do not always discover its effects; time reveals them from age to age; and although she is always the same in herself, she is not always equally well known.”

 

Blaise Pascal

“To ridicule philosophy is truly philosophical.[Fr., Se moquer de la philosophie c’est vraiment philosophe.]”

 

Blaise Pascal

“Things have different qualities, and the soul different inclinations; for nothing is simple which is presented to the soul, and the soul never presents itself simply to any object. Hence it comes that we weep and laugh at the same thing.”

 

Blaise Pascal

“Those who are accustomed to judge by feeling do not understand the process of reasoning, because they want to comprehend at a glance and are not used to seeking for first principles. Those, on the other hand, who are accustomed to reason from first principles do not understand matters of feeling at all, because they look for first principles and are unable to comprehend at a glance.”

 

Blaise Pascal