Blaise Pascal


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  • ''The more intelligent one is, the more men of originality one finds. Ordinary people find no difference between men.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. Pensées, no. 510, ed. Krailsheimer; no. 7, ed. Brunschvicg (1670).
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  • ''The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. Pensées, no. 976, ed. Krailsheimer; no. 19, ed. Brunschvicg (1670, trans. 1688), rev. A.J. Krailsheimer (1966).
  • ''It is not in Montaigne, but in myself, that I find all that I see in him.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 64 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931). Referring to Michel de Montaigne, the sixteenth-century writer of essays who influenced Pascal powerfully.
  • ''The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing: we know this in countless ways.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. Pensées, no. 423, ed. Karailshemer, no. 277, ed. Brunschvicg (1670).
  • ''It is not through space that I must seek my dignity, but through the management of my thought. I shall have no more if I possess worlds.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 348 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''The heart has its reasons which reason does not know.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French mathematician, scientist, philosopher. Pensées, no. 423, p. 259, Selections, ed. R.H. Popkin, Macmillan, New York (1989). The Pensées are diverse writings and notes that Pascal left at the time of his death. They are the classic presentation of his ideas.
  • ''One must know oneself. If this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life, and there is nothing better.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 66 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • ''Truly it is an evil to be full of faults; but it is a still greater evil to be full of them and to be unwilling to recognize them, since that is to add the further fault of a voluntary illusion.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 100 (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, trans. 1688), rev. A.J. Krailsheimer (1966).
  • ''People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come into the mind of others.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 10 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).

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