Blaise Pascal


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  • ''The greater intellect one has, the more originality one finds in men. Ordinary persons find no difference between men.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 7 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
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  • ''If he exalt himself, I humble him; if he humble himself, I exalt him; and I always contradict him, till he understands that he is an incomprehensible monster.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 420 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''Which is the more believable of the two, Moses or China?''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French philosopher. Pensées, No. 822, in Oeuvres Complètes, ed. and with notes by Louis Lafuma, New York, Macmillan (1963). The story of how Chinese thought was received in the history of European ideas has yet to be fully appreciated. Pascal and his contemporaries saw China as the home of a possible rival thought system.
  • ''Le silence éternel de ces espaces infinis m'effraie. The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, mathematician. Pensées, iii. 206, ed. L. Brunschvieg, 5th edition (1909).
  • ''Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connait point. The heart has its reasons which reason does not know of.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, mathematician. Pensées, iv. 277, ed. L. Brunschvieg, 5th edition (1909).
  • ''A trifle consoles us, for a trifle distresses us.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 136 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''The greatness of man is great in that he knows himself to be wretched. A tree does not know itself to be wretched.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 397 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''Through space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom; through thought I comprehend the world.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 348 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''Eloquence, which persuades by sweetness, not by authority—as a tyrant, not as a king.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 15 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''The last act is bloody, however pleasant all the rest of the play is: a little earth is thrown at last upon our head, and that is the end forever.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 210 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).

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