Blaise Pascal


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  • ''The strength of a man's virtue must not be measured by his efforts, but by his ordinary life.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 352 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
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  • ''I can well conceive a man without hands, feet, head.... But I cannot conceive man without thought; he would be a stone or a brute.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 339 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''I have only made this [letter] longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. Lettres Provinciales, letter 16 (1657).
  • ''Man's true nature being lost, everything becomes his nature; as, his true good being lost, everything becomes his good.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 426 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''The weather and my mood have little connection. I have my foggy and my fine days within me; my prosperity or misfortune has little to do with the matter.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 107 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''The charm of fame is so great that we like every object to which it is attached, even death.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 158 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''Custom is our nature.... What are our natural principles but principles of custom?''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, nos. 89, 92 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''The sensitivity of men to small matters, and their indifference to great ones, indicates a strange inversion.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 198 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''The self is hateful.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. Pensées, no. 597, ed. Krailsheimer; no. 455, ed. Brunschvicg (1670, trans. 1688), rev. A.J. Krailsheimer (1966).
  • ''A mere trifle consoles us for a mere trifle distresses us.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French mathematician, scientist, philosopher. Pensées, p. 198, no. 43, Selections, ed. R.H. Popkin, Macmillan, New York (1989). Pensées are diverse writings and notes that Pascal left at the time of his death. They are the classic presentation of his ideas.

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