Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal

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.

The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.

Since we cannot know all that there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything.

The Knowledge of God is very far from the love of Him.

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.

We are generally the better persuaded by the reasons we discover ourselves than by those given to us by others.

Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves.

Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed.

The eternal silence of these infinite spaces fills me with dread.

We know truth, not only by reason, but also by the heart.

Let us weigh the gain and the loss, in wagering that God is. Consider these alternatives: if you win, you win all, if you lose you lose nothing. Do not hesitate, then, to wager that he is.

If all men knew what each said of the other, there would not be four friends in the world.

Truth is so obscure in these times and falsehood so established that unless one loves the truth, he cannot know it.

Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.

I have made this [letter] longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter.

I have made this letter long because i have not the time to make it shorter.