Blaise Pascal


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  • ''Words differently arranged have a different meaning, and meanings differently arranged have different effects.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 23 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
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  • ''The last proceeding of reason is to recognize that there is an infinity of things which are beyond it.... There is nothing so conformable to reason as this disavowal of reason.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, nos. 267, 272 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''Eloquence is a painting of thought; and thus those who, after having painted it, add something more, make a picture instead of a portrait.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 26 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''On mourra seul. We shall die alone.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, mathematician. Pensées, iii. 211, ed. L. Brunschvieg, 5th edition (1909).
  • ''Reason commands us far more imperiously than a master; for in disobeying the one we are unfortunate, and in disobeying the other we are fools.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 345 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''Justice is what is established; and thus all our established laws will necessarily be regarded as just without examination, since they are established.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 312 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''The eternal silence of these infinite spaces fills me with dread.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. Pensées, nos. 201, 206, no. 201, ed. Krailsheimer; no. 206, ed. Brunschvicg (1670).
  • ''Cleopatra's nose: had it been shorter, the whole aspect of the world would have been altered.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 162 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''Justice and truth are too such subtle points that our tools are too blunt to touch them accurately.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 82 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''Rivers are roads which move, and which carry us whither we desire to go.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 17 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).

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