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Blaise Pascal Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Blaise Pascal.

Imagination decides everything.
- Blaise Pascal

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Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully
as when they do it from religious conviction.
- Blaise Pascal

Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary,
great minds with the ordinary.
- Blaise Pascal

Man's greatness lies in his power of thought.
- Blaise Pascal

 

Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed.
- Blaise Pascal

The gospel to me is simply irresistible.
- Blaise Pascal

Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical.
- Blaise Pascal

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We only consult the ear because the heart is wanting.
- Blaise Pascal

The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me.
- Blaise Pascal

In faith there is enough light for those who want to
believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't.
- Blaise Pascal

Do you wish people to think well of you? Don't speak well of yourself.
- Blaise Pascal

Little things console us because little things afflict us.
- Blaise Pascal

We sail within a vast sphere, ever drifting in uncertainty,
driven from end to end.
- Blaise Pascal

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

Kind words do not cost much.
Yet they accomplish much.
- Blaise Pascal

All of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling.
- Blaise Pascal

Vanity is but the surface.
- Blaise Pascal

Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty,
justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.
- Blaise Pascal

Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts.
- Blaise Pascal

Law, without force, is impotent.
- Blaise Pascal

The struggle alone pleases us, not the victory.
- Blaise Pascal

Two things control men's nature, instinct and experience.
- Blaise Pascal

You always admire what you really don't understand.
- Blaise Pascal

To have no time for philosophy is to be a true philosopher.
- Blaise Pascal

All human evil comes from a single cause,
man's inability to sit still in a room.
- Blaise Pascal

It is not good to be too free.
It is not good to have everything one wants.
- Blaise Pascal

We never love a person, but only qualities.
- Blaise Pascal

Faith indeed tells what the senses do not tell,
but not the contrary of what they see.
It is above them and not contrary to them.
- Blaise Pascal

When we are in love we seem to ourselves quite different
from what we were before.
- Blaise Pascal

Men blaspheme what they do not know.
- Blaise Pascal

We know the truth, not only by the reason,
but also by the heart.
- Blaise Pascal

The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.
- Blaise Pascal

It is the fight alone that pleases us,
not the victory.
- Blaise Pascal

The knowledge of God is very far from the love of Him.
- Blaise Pascal

The supreme function of reason is to show man that
some things are beyond reason.
- Blaise Pascal

The self is hateful.
- Blaise Pascal

A trifle consoles us, for a trifle distresses us.
- Blaise Pascal

Earnestness is enthusiasm tempered by reason.
- Blaise Pascal

Love has reasons which reason cannot understand.
- Blaise Pascal

Faith embraces many truths which seem to contradict each other.
- Blaise Pascal

The only shame is to have none.
- Blaise Pascal

Men despise religion.
They hate it and are afraid it may be true.
- Blaise Pascal

Our nature consists in motion; complete rest is death.
- Blaise Pascal

Faith is different from proof; the latter is human,
the former is a Gift from God.
- Blaise Pascal

Human beings must be known to be loved;
but Divine beings must be loved to be known.
- Blaise Pascal

Evil is easy, and has infinite forms.
- Blaise Pascal

Nothing gives rest but the sincere search for truth.
- Blaise Pascal

Thus so wretched is man that he would weary even without
any cause for weariness...
and so frivolous is he that, though full of a thousand reasons for weariness,
the least thing, such as playing billiards or hitting a ball,
is sufficient enough to amuse him.
- Blaise Pascal

All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
- Blaise Pascal

Atheism shows strength of mind, but only to a certain degree.
- Blaise Pascal

Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right
to kill me because he lives on the other side of a
river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine,
though I have not quarrelled with him?
- Blaise Pascal

Custom is our nature.
What are our natural principles but principles of custom?
- Blaise Pascal

Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature,
but he is a thinking reed.
- Blaise Pascal

The sensitivity of men to small matters,
and their indifference to great ones,
indicates a strange inversion.
- Blaise Pascal

Reason commands us far more imperiously than a master;
for in disobeying the one we are unfortunate,
and in disobeying the other we are fools.
- Blaise Pascal

Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride
and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair.
- Blaise Pascal

Nothing is as approved as mediocrity,
the majority has established it and it fixes it fangs
on whatever gets beyond it either way.
- 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

The greatness of man is great in that he knows himself to be wretched.
A tree does not know itself to be wretched.
- Blaise Pascal

There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every
man which cannot be filled by any created thing,
but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.
- Blaise Pascal

There are two kinds of people one can call reasonable:
those who serve God with all their heart because they know him,
and those who seek him with all their heart because they do not know him.
- Blaise Pascal

Truly it is an evil to be full of faults;
but it is a still greater evil to be full of them and
to be unwilling to recognize them,
since that is to add the further fault of a voluntary illusion.
- Blaise Pascal

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.
- Blaise Pascal

The immortality of the soul is a matter which is of
so great consequence to us and which touches us so
profoundly that we must have lost all feeling to be indifferent about it.
- Blaise Pascal

It is natural for the mind to believe and for the will to love;
so that,
for want of true objects, they must attach themselves to false.
- Blaise Pascal

Chance gives rise to thoughts, and chance removes them;
no art can keep or acquire them.
- Blaise Pascal

If all men knew what others say of them,
there would not be four friends in the world.
- Blaise Pascal

The consciousness of the falsity of present pleasures,
and the ignorance of the vanity of absent pleasures,
cause inconstancy.
- Blaise Pascal

Through space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom;
through thought I comprehend the world.
- Blaise Pascal

The least movement is of importance to all nature.
The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.
- 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


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