Blaise Pascal

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Born Monday 19 June 1623, died Saturday 19 August 1662

Professions: Inventor, Mathematician, Philosopher, Physicist, Writer

Nationality: French

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Concupiscence and force are the source of all our actions; concupiscence causes voluntary actions, force involuntary ones.

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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.

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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.

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There are two kinds of people one can call reasonable: those who serve God with all their heart because they know him, and those who seek him with all their heart because they do not know him.

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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.

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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.

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Nothing fortifies scepticism more than the fact that there are some who are not sceptics; if all were so, they would be wrong.

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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!

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The sensitivity of men to small matters, and their indifference to great ones, indicates a strange inversion.

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The finite is annihilated in the presence of the infinite, and becomes a pure nothing. So our spirit before God, so our justice before divine justice.

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Men often take their imagination for their heart; and they believe they are converted as soon as they think of being converted.

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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.

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Justice is what is established; and thus all our established laws will necessarily be regarded as just without examination, since they are established.

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The only shame is to have none.

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Our nature consists in motion; complete rest is death.

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People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come in to the mind of others.

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The self is hateful.

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It is incomprehensible that God should exist, and it is incomprehensible that he should not exist.

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We run carelessly to the precipice, after we have put something before us to prevent us seeing it.

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The greater intellect one has, the more originality one finds in men. Ordinary persons find no difference between men.

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