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Inspirational quotes by Blaise Pascal about life, intelligence, love, religion and faith.

96 Enlightening Quotes By Blaise Pascal That Will Help You In Life

Quick Facts

Famous As
French Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor, Writer and Catholic Philosopher

Born On
19 June 1623 AD

Died On
19 August 1662 AD

Born In
Clermont-Ferrand,, Auvergne, France

Died At Age
39

Blaise Pascal was a renowned French scientist who made tremendous contributions to the field of mathematics and physics. He was mostly home-schooled by his father and published his first mathematical work at the early age of sixteen. His talent was recognized early on by his father and when he sent his essay on conics to eminent French theologist and mathematician Père Mersenne, many including Rene Descartes believed the theorem was propounded by Pascal's father. However, later the theorem was named after this mathematical genius as Pascal Theorem. Not only in the fields of probability and geometry but Pascal is also credited for inventing one of the foremost calculating device. Apparently he built the calculator to help his father in computing taxes. The probability theory put forth by Pascal laid the foundations of modern day economics. He also developed the Pascal triangle to represent binomial coefficients in a tabular form. The erudite mind was also responsible for deriving the proof of existence of vacuum.

Here are a few enligtening quotes by the famous scientist Blaise Pascal.

Each man is everything to himself, for with his death everything is dead for him. That is why each of us thinks he is everything to everyone. We must not judge nature by ourselves, but by its own standards.

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

We desire truth and find within ourselves only uncertainty.

- Blaise Pascal

It is better to know something about everything then everything about something

- Blaise Pascal

At the far end of this infinite distance a coin is being spun which will come down heads or tails. How will you wager? Reason cannot make you choose either, reason cannot prove either wrong.

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

God wishes to move the will rather than the mind. Perfect clarity would help the mind and harm the will.

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

Imagination magnifies small objects with fantastic exaggeration until they fill our soul, and with bold insolence cuts down great things to its own size, as when speaking of God.

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

Happiness can be found neither in ourselves nor in external things, but in God and in ourselves as united to him.

- Blaise Pascal

They do not know that they seek only the chase and not the quarry.

- Blaise Pascal

Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. They make other people good-natured. They also produce their own image on men's souls, and a beautiful image it is.

- Blaise Pascal

Jesus is a God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair.

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

All human evil comes from a single cause, man’s inability to sit still in a room.

- Blaise Pascal

Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts.

- Blaise Pascal

To make a man a saint, it must indeed be by grace; and whoever doubts this does not know what a saint is, or a man.

- Blaise Pascal

We make an idol of truth itself, for truth apart from charity is not God, but his image and an idol that we must not love or worship.

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions.

- Blaise Pascal

Fire. God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, not of the philosophers and the scholars. I will not forget thy word. Amen.

- Blaise Pascal

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

- Blaise Pascal

Everything that is written merely to please the author is worthless.

- Blaise Pascal

If he exalts himself, I humble him. If he humbles himself, I exalt him. And I go on contradicting him Until he understands That he is a monster that passes all understanding.

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

If you gain, you gain all. If you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then, without hesitation, that He exsists.

- Blaise Pascal

Please forgive the long letter; I didn’t have time to write a short one.

- Blaise Pascal

A trifle consoles us, for a trifle distresses us.

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

The heart has its reasons which reason knows not of.

- Blaise Pascal

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

- Blaise Pascal

In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't.

- Blaise Pascal

We run carelessly over the precipice after having put something in front of us to prevent us seeing it.

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much

- Blaise Pascal

When a soldier complains of his hard life (or a labourer, etc.) try giving him nothing to do.

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God's providence to lead him aright

- Blaise Pascal

No religion except ours has taught that man is born in sin; none of the philosophical sects has admitted it; none therefore has spoken the truth

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

The power of a man's virtue should not be measured by his special efforts, but by his ordinary doing.

- Blaise Pascal

The weather and my mood have little connection. I have my foggy and my fine days within me; my prosperity or misfortune has little to do with the matter.

- Blaise Pascal

Words differently arranged have different meanings, and meanings differently arranged have different effects.

- Blaise Pascal

Man's sensitivity to little things and insensitivity to the greatest things are marks of a strange disorder.

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

Man's grandeur is that he knows himself to be miserable.

- Pensées and Other Writings, Blaise Pascal

God instituted prayer to communicate to creatures the dignity of causality.

- Blaise Pascal

The last act is bloody, however fine the rest of the play

- Blaise Pascal

Passion cannot be beautiful without excess; one either loves too much or not enough.

- Blaise Pascal

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

- Blaise Pascal

The eternal silence of these infinite spaces terrifies me

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

There is a certain standard of grace and beauty which consists in a certain relation between our nature... and the thing which pleases us.

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

There is enough light for those who only desire to see, and enough obscurity for those who have a contrary disposition

- Blaise Pascal

We must keep our thought secret, and judge everything by it, while talking like the people.

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

Men seek rest in a struggle against difficulties; and when they have conquered these, rest becomes insufferable.

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

The heart has reasons that reason cannot know.

- The Mind on Fire: A Faith for the Skeptical and Indifferent, Blaise Pascal

Reason's last step is the recognition that there are an infinite number of things which are beyond it.

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

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

- Blaise Pascal

Nature is an infinite sphere whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.

- Blaise Pascal

Those honor nature well, who teach that she can speak on everything.

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

Our nature lies in movement; complete calm is death.

- Blaise Pascal

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

- Blaise Pascal

Even those who write against fame wish for the fame of having written well, and those who read their works desire the fame of having read them.

- Blaise Pascal

In difficult times carry something beautiful in your heart.

- Blaise Pascal

By space the universe encompasses me and swallows me up like an atom; by thought I comprehend the world.

- Blaise Pascal

Distraction is the only thing that consoles us for miseries and yet it is itself the greatest of our miseries.

- Blaise Pascal

Lust is the source of all our actions, and humanity.

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

The last function of reason is to recognize that there are an infinity of things which surpass it.

- Blaise Pascal

Symmetry is what we see at a glance; based on the fact that there is no reason for any difference...

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness.

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

Nature has made all her truths independent of one another. Our art makes one dependent on the other.

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

And is it not obvious that, just as it is a crime to disturb the peace when truth reigns, it is also a crime to remain at peace when the truth is being destroyed?

- Blaise Pascal

There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous.

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

The more I see of Mankind, the more I prefer my dog.

- Blaise Pascal

Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical.

- Blaise Pascal

To understand is to forgive.

- Blaise Pascal

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

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. Love still stands when all else has fallen.

- Blaise Pascal

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

The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of... We know the truth not only by the reason, but by the heart." - Blaise Pascal

- Blaise Pascal

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

- Blaise Pascal

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

- Blaise Pascal

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

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

Few men speak humbly of humility, chastely of chastity, skeptically of skepticism.

- Blaise Pascal

Little things comfort us because little things distress us.

- Pensées and Other Writings, Blaise Pascal

Do you wish people to think well of you? Don't speak well of yourself.

- Blaise Pascal

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

- Pensees, Blaise Pascal

It is man's natural sickness to believe that he possesses the truth.

- Blaise Pascal

Man's sensitivity to the little things and insensitivity to the greatest are the signs of a strange disorder.

- Blaise Pascal

The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

To ridicule philosophy is really to philosophize.

- Blaise Pascal

Dull minds are never either intuitive or mathematical.

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

When one does not love too much, one does not love enough.

- Blaise Pascal

Few friendships would survive if each one knew what his friend says of him behind his back

- Blaise Pascal

Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.

- Blaise Pascal

Curiosity is only vanity. We usually only want to know something so that we can talk about it.

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

I lay it down as a fact that if all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.

- Blaise Pascal

People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive.

- De l'art de persuader, Blaise Pascal

You always admire what you really don't understand.

- Blaise Pascal

Kind words don't cost much. Yet they accomplish much.

- Blaise Pascal

To make light of philosophy is to be a true philosopher.

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

I made this [letter] very long, because I did not have the leisure to make it shorter.

- Blaise Pascal

I would prefer an intelligent hell to a stupid paradise.

- Blaise Pascal

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

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter." (Letter 16, 1657)

- The Provincial Letters, Blaise Pascal

All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.

- Pensées, Blaise Pascal

The heart has its reasons which reason knows not.

- Blaise Pascal