Blaise Pascal


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  • ''Our nature consists in motion; complete rest is death.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 129 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
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  • ''I maintain that, if everyone knew what others said about him, there would not be four friends in the world.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. Pensées, no. 792, ed. Krailsheimer; no. 101, ed. Brunschvicg (1670).
  • ''Had Cleopatra's nose been shorter, the whole face of the world would have changed.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. Pensées, no. 413, ed. Krailsheimer; no. 162, ed. Brunschvicg (1670, trans. 1688), rev. A.J. Krailsheimer (1966).
  • ''Atheism shows strength of mind, but only to a certain degree.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 225 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French mathematician, scientist, philosopher. Pensées, no. 412, p. 148, trans. by and ed. A.J. Krailsheimer, Penguin, Baltimore (1966). Pensées are diverse writings and notes that Pascal left at the time of his death. They are the classic presentation of his ideas.
  • ''If we must not act save on a certainty, we ought not to act on religion, for it is not certain. But how many things we do on an uncertainty, sea voyages, battles!''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 234 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''Our soul is cast into a body, where it finds number, time, dimension. Thereupon it reasons, and calls this nature necessity, and can believe nothing else.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 233 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''The consciousness of the falsity of present pleasures, and the ignorance of the vanity of absent pleasures, cause inconstancy.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 110 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''What is man in nature? A nothing in comparison with the infinite, an all in comparison with the nothing—a mean between nothing and everything.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 72 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''We like security: we like the pope to be infallible in matters of faith, and grave doctors to be so in moral questions so that we can feel reassured.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. Pensées, no. 516, ed. Krailsheimer, no. 880, ed. Brunschvicg (1670).

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