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 :: 1623-1662, French Scientist, Religious Philosopher

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If all men knew what each said of the other, there would not be four friends in the world.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Gossip]

 

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If I had more time I would write a shorter letter.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Writers and Writing]

 

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If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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If we let ourselves believe that man began with divine grace, that he forfeited this by sin, and that he can be redeemed only by divine grace through the crucified Christ, then we shall find peace of mind never granted to philosophers. He who cannot believe is cursed, for he reveals by his unbelief that God has not chosen to give him grace.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Belief]

 

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If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then without hesitation, that He exists.
~ Blaise Pascal - [God]

 

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If you would have people speak well of you, then do not speak well of yourself.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Humility]

 

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Imagination decides everything.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Imagination]

 

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

 

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

 

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It is right that what is just should be obeyed. It is necessary that what is strongest should be obeyed.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Obedience]

 

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It is superstitious to put one's hopes in formalities, but arrogant to refuse to submit to them.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Ceremony]

 

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It is the heart which perceives God and not the reason. That is what faith is: God perceived by the heart, not by the reason.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Faith]

 

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

 

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Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Kindness]

 

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Law, without force, is impotent.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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Man finds nothing so intolerable as to be in a state of complete rest, without passions, without occupation, without diversion, without effort. Then he feels his nullity, loneliness, inadequacy, dependence, helplessness, emptiness.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Bores and Boredom]

 

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Man is obviously made for thinking. Therein lies all his dignity and his merit; and his whole duty is to think as he ought.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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Man is only a reed, the weakest in nature; but he is a thinking reed. There is no need for the whole universe to take up arms to crush him: a vapor, a drop of water is enough to kill him. But even if the universe were to crush him, man would still be nobler than his slayer, because he knows that he is dying and the advantage the universe has over him. The universe knows nothing of this.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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Man's greatness lies in his power of thought.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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

 

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