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 :: 1623-1662, French Scientist, Religious Philosopher

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All man's miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Misers and Misery]

 

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Animals do not admire each other. A horse does not admire its companion.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Admiration]

 

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Any unity which doesn't have its origin in the multitudes is tyranny.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Unity]

 

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Beauty is a harmonious relation between something in our nature and the quality of the object which delights us.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Beauty]

 

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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.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Belief]

 

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Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Life and Living]

 

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Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Contradiction]

 

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Desire and force between them are responsible for all our actions; desire causes our voluntary acts, force our involuntary.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Desire]

 

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Do you wish people to think well of you? Don't speak well of yourself.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Speakers and Speaking]

 

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Earnestness is enthusiasm tempered by reason.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Enthusiasm]

 

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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 - [Fame]

 

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

 

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Faith certainly tells us what the senses do not, but not the contrary of what they see; it is above, not against them.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Faith]

 

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

 

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

 

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Habit is a second nature that destroys the first. But what is nature? Why is habit not natural? I am very much afraid that nature itself is only a first habit, just as habit is a second nature.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Habit]

 

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Habit is the second nature which destroys the first.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Habit]

 

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I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still and quiet in a room alone.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Evil]

 

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I have made this letter a rather long one, only because I didn't have the leisure to make it shorter.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Wordiness]

 

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I maintain that, if everyone knew what others said about him, there would not be four friends in the world.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Gossip]

 

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