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Cleopatra's nose, had it been shorter, the whole face of the world would have been changed.
—  Blaise Pascal
The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me.
—  Blaise Pascal
He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God's providence to lead him aright.
—  Blaise Pascal
Our nature consists in movement; absolute rest is death.
—  Blaise Pascal
Few men speak humbly of humility, chastely of chastity, skeptically of skepticism.
—  Blaise Pascal
All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit quiet in a room alone.
—  Blaise Pascal
We know the truth, not only by the reason, but by the heart.
—  Blaise Pascal
The more intelligent one is, the more men of originality one finds. Ordinary people find no difference between men.
—  Blaise Pascal
Those who are accustomed to judge by feeling do not understand the process of reasoning, because they want to comprehend at a glance and are not used to seeking for first principles. Those, on the other hand, who are accustomed to reason from first principles do not understand matters of feeling at all, because they look for first principles and are unable to comprehend at a glance.
—  Blaise Pascal
Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. Mental trouble was never known to arise from such quarters. Though they do not cost much yet they accomplish much. They make other people good natured. They also produce their own image on men's souls, and a beautiful image it is.
—  Blaise Pascal
It is not permitted to the most equitable of men to be a judge in his own cause.
—  Blaise Pascal
Our notion of symmetry is derived form the human face. Hence, we demand symmetry horizontally and in breadth only, not vertically nor in depth.
—  Blaise Pascal
Reason is the slow and tortuous method by which these who do not know the truth discover it. The heart has its own reason which reason does not know.
—  Blaise Pascal
However vast a man's spiritual resources, he is capable of but one great passion.
—  Blaise Pascal
Men despise religion; they hate it, and they fear it is true.
—  Blaise Pascal
Everything that is written merely to please the author is worthless.
—  Blaise Pascal
All men have happiness as their object: there is no exception. However different the means they employ, they all aim at the same end.
—  Blaise Pascal
Time heals griefs and quarrels, for we change and are no longer the same persons.
—  Blaise Pascal
Beauty is a harmonious relation between something in our nature and the quality of the object which delights us.
—  Blaise Pascal
Words differently arranged have a different meaning and meanings differently arranged have a different effect.
—  Blaise Pascal
Perfect clarity would profit the intellect but damage the will.
—  Blaise Pascal
Faith is a sounder guide than reason. Reason can only go so far, but faith has no limits.
—  Blaise Pascal
We are usually convinced more easily by reasons we have found ourselves than by those which have occurred to others.
—  Blaise Pascal
Through space the universe grasps me and swallows me up like a speck; through thought I grasp it.
—  Blaise Pascal
Let us wager the gain and the loss is wagering that God is. Let us consider the two possibilities. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Hesitate not, then, to wager that He is.
—  Blaise Pascal
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
If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.
—  Blaise Pascal
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
Religion is so great a thing that it is right that those who will not take the trouble to seek it if it be obscure, should be deprived of it.
—  Blaise Pascal
If you want others to have a good opinion of you, say nothing.
—  Blaise Pascal
Man is neither angel nor beast; and the misfortune is that he who would act the angel acts the beast.
—  Blaise Pascal
When we encounter a natural style we are always surprised and delighted, for we thought to see an author and found a man.
—  Blaise Pascal
The excitement that a gambler feels when making a bet is equal to the amount he might win times the probability of winning it.
—  Blaise Pascal
People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come into the mind of others.
—  Blaise Pascal
Man is but a reed, the weakest in nature, but he is a thinking reed.
—  Blaise Pascal
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
—  Blaise Pascal
Reason's last step is the recognition that there are an infinite number of things which are beyond it.
—  Blaise Pascal
Those who write against vanity want the glory of having written well, and their readers the glory of reading well, and I who write this have the same desire, as perhaps those who read this have also.
—  Blaise Pascal
It is your own assent to yourself, and the constant voice of your own reason, and not of others, that should make you believe.
—  Blaise Pascal
Let no one say that I have said nothing new ... the arrangement of the subject is new. When we play tennis, we both play with the same ball, but one of us places it better.
—  Blaise Pascal
Little things console us because little things afflict us.
—  Blaise Pascal
I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter. Je n'ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n'ai pa eu le loisir de la faire plus courte.
—  Blaise Pascal
Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.
—  Blaise Pascal
The multitude which does not reduce itself to unity is confusion.
—  Blaise Pascal
It is not from space that I must seek my dignity, but from the government of my thought. I shall have no more if I possess worlds. By space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom; by thought I comprehend the world.
—  Blaise Pascal
Nature is an infinite sphere whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.
—  Blaise Pascal
The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.
—  Blaise Pascal
We run carelessly to the precipice, after we have put something before us to prevent us from seeing it.
—  Blaise Pascal
It is the heart which perceives God and not the reason.
—  Blaise Pascal
The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.
—  Blaise Pascal
The power of man's virtue should not be measured by his special efforts, but by his ordinary doings.
—  Blaise Pascal
Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere.
—  Blaise Pascal
All err the more dangerously because each follows a truth. Their mistake lies not in following a falsehood but in not following another truth.
—  Blaise Pascal
Whoever would not die to preserve his honor would be infamous.
—  Blaise Pascal

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