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 :: 1623-1662, French Scientist, Religious Philosopher

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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 - [Self-discovery]

 

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There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Sin]

 

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The eternal silence of these infinite spaces fills me with dread.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Space]

 

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Do you wish people to think well of you? Don't speak well of yourself.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Speakers and Speaking]

 

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When we see a natural style, we are astonished and charmed; for we expected to see an author, and we find a person.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Style]

 

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If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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Man is obviously made for thinking. Therein lies all his dignity and his merit; and his whole duty is to think as he ought.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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Man is only a reed, the weakest in nature; but he is a thinking reed. There is no need for the whole universe to take up arms to crush him: a vapor, a drop of water is enough to kill him. But even if the universe were to crush him, man would still be nobler than his slayer, because he knows that he is dying and the advantage the universe has over him. The universe knows nothing of this.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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Man's greatness lies in his power of thought.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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Those are weaklings who know the truth and uphold it as long as it suits their purpose, and then abandon it.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Truth]

 

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Any unity which doesn't have its origin in the multitudes is tyranny.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Unity]

 

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The multitude which is not brought to act as a unity, is confusion. That unity which has not its origin in the multitude is tyranny.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Unity]

 

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Nothing is so intolerable to man as being fully at rest, without a passion, without business, without entertainment, without care.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Passion]

 

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There are only three types of people; those who have found God and serve him; those who have not found God and seek him, and those who live not seeking, or finding him. The first are rational and happy; the second unhappy and rational, and the third foolish and unhappy.
~ Blaise Pascal - [People]

 

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People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves than by those found out by others.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Persuasion]

 

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The origins of disputes between philosophers is, that one class of them have undertaken to raise man by displaying his greatness, and the other to debase him by showing his miseries.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Philosophers and Philosophy]

 

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To have no time for philosophy is to be a true philosopher.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Philosophers and Philosophy]

 

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To find recreation in amusement is not happiness.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Pleasure]

 

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We must learn our limits. We are all something but none of us are everything.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Possibilities]

 

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The property of power is to protect.
~ Blaise Pascal - [Power]

 

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