Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal

French physicist, mathematician and philosopher

Lived from: 1623-1662

Category: Philosophers | Science

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    It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants.
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    ...whoever imagines a woman after this model, which consists in saying little things in big words, will see a pretty girl adorned with mirrors and chains...
    Source: Pensees (1669)
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    Admiration spoils all from infancy. Ah! How well said! Ah! How well done! How well-behaved he is! etc.
    Source: Pensees (1669)
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    After all he is only a man, that is to say capable of little and of much, of all and of nothing; he is neither angel nor brute, but man.
    Source: Pensees (1669)
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    All human evil comes from a single cause, man's inability to sit still in a room.
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    All is one, all is different. How many natures exist in man? How many vocations? And by what chance does each man ordinarily choose what he has heard praised?
    Source: Pensees (1669)
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    All man's miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.
    Original: Tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos, dans une chambre.
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    All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
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    Animals do not admire each other. A horse does not admire its companion.
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    Any unity which doesn't have its origin in the multitudes is tyranny.
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    Beauty is a harmonious relation between something in our nature and the quality of the object which delights us.
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    Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith cannot be proved, what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it proves false? If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that He exists.
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    Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world.
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    By knowing each man's ruling passion, we are sure of pleasing him; and yet each has his fancies, opposed to his true good, in the very idea which he has of the good.
    Source: Pensees (1669)
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    Caesar was too old, it seems to me, to go off and amuse himself conquering the world. Such a pastime was all right for Augustus and Alexander; they were young men, not easily held in check, but Caesar ought to have been more mature.
    Source: Pensees (1669)
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