Authors - Blaise Pascal
Blaise Pascal (19 June 1623 - 19 August 1662), was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic philosopher. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a tax collector in Rouen. Pascal's earliest work was in the natural and applied sciences where he made important contributions to the study of fluids, and clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum by generalizing the work of Evangelista Torricelli. Pascal also wrote in defense of the scientific method. - Wikipedia
To ridicule philosophy is really to philosophize.
Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed.
Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves.
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?
I maintain that, if everyone knew what others said about him, there would not be four friends in the world.
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known.
I made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it short.
The heart has its reasons, of which the mind knows nothing.
Man's nature is not always to advance; it has its advances and retreats.
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.
The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.
Life is a struggle, but not a warfare.
I have made this [letter] longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter.
Man is to himself the most wonderful object in nature; for he cannot conceive what the body is, still less what the mind is, and least of all how a body should be united to a mind. This is the consummation of his difficulties, and yet it is his very being.
Happiness is neither without us nor within us. It is in God, both without us and within us.
Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed.
In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't.
People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves than by those found by others.
Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.
Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just.
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.
Man's greatness lies in his power of thought.
Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof.
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.
If all men knew what each said of the other, there would not be four friends in the world.
The eternal silence of these infinite spaces fills me with dread.