June 19, 1623 - August 19, 1662

102 Greatest Quotes By Blaise Pascal

Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere. Blaise Pascal
I lay it down as a fact that if all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world. Blaise Pascal
We sail within a vast sphere, ever drifting in uncertainty, driven from end to end. Blaise Pascal
We view things not only from different sides, but with different eyes; we have no wish to find them alike. Blaise Pascal
Men seek rest in a struggle against difficulties; and when they have conquered these, rest becomes insufferable. Blaise Pascal
The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me. Blaise Pascal
Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it. Blaise Pascal
Distraction is the only thing that consoles us for our miseries. Yet it is itself the greatest of our miseries. Blaise Pascal
The sensitivity of men to small matters, and their indifference to great ones, indicates a strange inversion. Blaise Pascal
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. Blaise Pascal
The strength of a man's virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts. Blaise Pascal
Time heals griefs and quarrels, for we change and are no longer the same persons. Neither the offender nor the offended are any more themselves. Blaise Pascal
Most of man's trouble comes from his inability to be still. Blaise Pascal
All the trouble in the world is due to the fact that man cannot sit still in a room. Blaise Pascal
To ridicule philosophy is really to philosophize. Blaise Pascal
Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed. Blaise Pascal
Fire. God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, not of the philosophers and the scholars. I will not forget thy word. Amen. Blaise Pascal
Plurality which is not reduced to unity is confusion; unity which does not depend on plurality is tyranny. Blaise Pascal
In difficult times carry something beautiful in your heart. Blaise Pascal
Do you wish people to think well of you? Don't speak well of yourself. Blaise Pascal
Continuous eloquence wearies. Grandeur must be abandoned to be appreciated. Continuity in everything is unpleasant. Cold is agreeable, that we may get warm. Blaise Pascal
It is man's natural sickness to believe that he possesses the truth. Blaise Pascal
We are only falsehood, duplicity, contradiction; we both conceal and disguise ourselves from ourselves. Blaise Pascal
We must learn our limits. We are all something, but none of us are everything. Blaise Pascal
Through space the universe grasps me and swallows me up like a speck; through thought I grasp it. (Page 21). Blaise Pascal
Few men speak humbly of humility, chastely of chastity, skeptically of skepticism. Blaise Pascal
It's not those who write the laws that have the greatest impact on society. It's those who write the songs. Blaise Pascal
Since we cannot know all that there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything. Blaise Pascal
Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. Blaise Pascal
In every action we must look beyond the action at our past, present and future state, and at others whom it affects, and see the relations of all these things. Blaise Pascal
I rather live as if God exists to find out that He doesn't than live as if he doesn't exist to find out He does. Blaise Pascal
It is right that what is just should be obeyed. It is necessary that what is strongest should be obeyed. Blaise Pascal
Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. Love still stands when all else has fallen. Blaise Pascal
Those honor nature well, who teach that she can speak on everything. Blaise Pascal
The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first. Blaise Pascal
The present letter is a very long one, simply because I had no leisure to make it shorter. Blaise Pascal
Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary. Blaise Pascal
People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come in to the mind of others. Blaise Pascal
Having been unable to strengthen justice, we have justified strength. Blaise Pascal
This dog is mine," said those poor children; "that is my place in the sun." Here is the beginning and the image of the usurpation of all the earth. Blaise Pascal
I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room. Blaise Pascal
Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed. Blaise Pascal
If you gain, you gain all. If you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then, without hesitation, that He exists. Blaise Pascal
We should seek the truth without hesitation; and, if we refuse it, we show that we value the esteem of men more than the search for truth. Blaise Pascal
Men spend their time in following a ball or a hare; it is the pleasure even of kings. Blaise Pascal
Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known. Blaise Pascal
Mankind suffers from two excesses: to exclude reason, and to live by nothing but reason. Blaise Pascal
When intuition and logic agree, you are always right. Blaise Pascal
Even those who write against fame wish for the fame of having written well, and those who read their works desire the fame of having read them. Blaise Pascal
Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God. Blaise Pascal
If I had more time I would write a shorter letter. Blaise Pascal