Blaise Pascal


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  • ''Chance gives rise to thoughts, and chance removes them; no art can keep or acquire them.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 370 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
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  • ''Man is neither angel nor beast, and the unfortunate thing is that he who would play the angel plays the beast.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 358 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''When we read too fast or too slowly, we understand nothing.... Too much and too little wine—give him none, he cannot find truth; give him too much, the same.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 69, 71 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''Men never do evil so fully and cheerfully as when we do it out of conscience.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. Pensées, no. 813, ed. Krailsheimer, no. 895, ed. Brunschvicg (1670).
  • ''There are some who speak well and write badly. For the place and the audience warm them, and draw from their minds more than they think of without that warmth.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 47 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''If our condition were truly happy, we would not need diversion from thinking of it in order to make ourselves happy.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 165 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''It is natural for the mind to believe and for the will to love; so that, for want of true objects, they must attach themselves to false.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 81 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''When we see a natural style, we are astonished and delighted; for we expected to see an author, and we find a man.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 29 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. Pensées, nos. 562, 534, no. 562, ed. Krailsheimer; no. 534, ed. Brunschvicg (1670).
  • ''The only shame is to have none.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 194 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).

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