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!


Blaise Pascal

896

Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true.


Blaise Pascal

896

Human beings must be known to be loved but Divine beings must be loved to be known.


Blaise Pascal

896

Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just.


Blaise Pascal

896

Man’s greatness lies in his power of thought.


Blaise Pascal

896

Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of a river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarrelled with him?


Blaise Pascal

896

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.


Blaise Pascal

896

Custom is our nature. What are our natural principles but principles of custom?


Blaise Pascal

896

Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed.


Blaise Pascal

896

The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.


Blaise Pascal

896

Habit is a second nature that destroys the first. But what is nature? Why is habit not natural? I am very much afraid that nature itself is only a first habit, just as habit is a second nature.


Blaise Pascal

896

Our nature consists in motion complete rest is death.


Blaise Pascal

896

Man’s true nature being lost, everything becomes his nature as, his true good being lost, everything becomes his good.


Blaise Pascal

896

Two things control men’s nature, instinct and experience.


Blaise Pascal

896

Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere.


Blaise Pascal

896

Time heals griefs and quarrels, for we change and are no longer the same persons. Neither the offender nor the offended are any more themselves.


Blaise Pascal

896

Nothing is so intolerable to man as being fully at rest, without a passion, without business, without entertainment, without care.


Blaise Pascal

896

Imagination disposes of everything it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.


Blaise Pascal

896

Chance gives rise to thoughts, and chance removes them no art can keep or acquire them.


Blaise Pascal

896

It is the fight alone that pleases us, not the victory.


Blaise Pascal

896

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