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86 Famous Quotes by Blaise Pascal
6/19/1623 - 8/19/1662
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Man's greatness lies in his power of thought.

Greatness Quotes, by Blaise Pascal

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The heart has reasons that reason cannot know.

Heart Quotes, by Blaise Pascal

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I have made this letter longer than usual, because I lack the time to make it short.

Brevity Quotes, by Blaise Pascal

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It is in vain, 0 men, that you seek within yourselves the cure for your miseries. All your insight only leads you to the knowledge that it is not in yourselves that you will discover the true and the good. The philosophers promised them to you, and have not been able to keep their promises... Your principal maladies are pride, which cuts you off from God, and sensuality, which binds you to the earth; and they have done nothing but foster at least one of these maladies. If they have given you God for your object, it has only been to pander to your pride; they have made you think that you were like Him and resembled Him by your nature. And those who have grasped the vanity of such a pretension have cast you down into the other abyss by making you believe that your nature was like that of the beasts of the field, and have led you to seek your good in lust, which is the lot of animals.

Christianity Quotes, by Blaise Pascal

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What use is it to us to hear it said of a man that he has thrown off the yoke, that he does not believe there is a God to watch over his actions, that he reckons himself the sole master of his behavior, and that he does not intend to give an account of it to anyone but himself? Does he think that in that way he will have straightway persuaded us to have complete confidence in him, to look to him for consolation, for advice, and for help, in the vicissitudes of life? Do such men think that they have delighted us by telling us that they hold our souls to be nothing but a little wind and smoke -- and by saying it in conceited and complacent tones? Is that a thing to say blithely? Is it not rather a thing to say sadly -- as if it were the saddest thing in the world?

Christianity Quotes, by Blaise Pascal

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Men of quality are not threatened by women of equality

Quality Quotes, by Blaise Pascal

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Those who do not hate their own selfishness and regard themselves as more important than the rest of the world are blind because the truth lies elsewhere

Selfishness Quotes, by Blaise Pascal

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The vanity of the sciences. Physical science will not console me for the ignorance of morality in the time of affliction. But the science of ethics will always console me for the ignorance of the physical sciences.

Physics Quotes, by Blaise Pascal

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The power of a man's virtue should not be measured by his special efforts, but by his ordinary doing

Virtue Quotes, by Blaise Pascal

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The stream is always purer at its source. [Fr., Les choses valent toujours mieux dans leur source.]

Purity Quotes, by Blaise Pascal , Source: Lettres Provinciales (IV)

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To go beyond the bounds of moderation is to outrage humanity.

Moderation Quotes, by Blaise Pascal

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Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just.

Justice Quotes, by Blaise Pascal

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Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just.

Power Quotes, by Blaise Pascal

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It is false zeal to keep truth while wounding charity

Zeal Quotes, by Blaise Pascal

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You always admire what you really don't understand.

Admiration Quotes, by Blaise Pascal

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Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.

Kindness Quotes, by Blaise Pascal

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Nature is an infinite sphere whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere

Nature Quotes, by Blaise Pascal

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The heart has reasons that reason cannot know.

Reason Quotes, by Blaise Pascal

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The only shame is to have none

Shame Quotes, by Blaise Pascal

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The present is never our goal: the past and present are our means: the future alone is our goal. Thus, we never live but we hope to live; and always hoping to be happy, it is inevitable that we will never be so.

The present Quotes, by Blaise Pascal

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A mere trifle consoles us for a mere trifle distresses us.

Trifle Quotes, by Blaise Pascal

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If the nose of Cleopatra had been shorter, the whole face of the earth would have been changed.

Influence Quotes, by Blaise Pascal , Source: Thoughts (ch. VIII, 29)

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Opinion is the queen of the world. [Lat., Della opinione regina del mondo.]

Opinion Quotes, by Blaise Pascal , Source: quoted as the title of an Italian work

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He adopts the opinion of others like a monk in the Sorbonne. [Fr., Il opine du bonnet comme un moine en Sorbonne.]

Opinion Quotes, by Blaise Pascal , Source: Lettres Provinciales (II)

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Force and not opinion is the queen of the world; but it is opinion that uses the force. [Fr., La force est la reine du monde, et non pas l'opinion; mais l'opinion est celle qui use de la force.]

Opinion Quotes, by Blaise Pascal , Source: Pensees (art XXIV, 92)

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