Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal (19 June 1623 – 19 August 1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian 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 generalising the work of Evangelista Torricelli. Pascal also wrote in defence of the scientific method.

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Time heals griefs and quarrels for we change and are no longer the same persons. Neither the offender nor the offended are any more themselves.

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?

Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts.

Imagination decides everything.

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

Faith is different from proof, the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God.

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.

Evil is easy and has infinite forms.

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

Desire and force between them are responsible for all our actions, desire causes our voluntary acts, force our involuntary.

The self is hateful.

Concupiscence and force are the source of all our actions, concupiscence causes voluntary actions, force involuntary ones.

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

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

That we must love one God only is a thing so evident that it does not require miracles to prove it.

Between us and heaven or hell there is only life which is the frailest thing in the world.

He that takes truth for his guide and duty for his end may safely trust to God's providence to lead him aright.

It is the fight alone that pleases us not the victory.

Men often take their imagination for their heart, and they believe they are converted as soon as they think of being converted.

The finite is annihilated in the presence of the infinite and becomes a pure nothing. So our spirit before God so our justice before divine justice.

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