Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher. He was a child prodigy who is remembered for his work in mathematics and physics, but he was also a devoted spiritual thinker who made significant contributions to the philosophy of religion and to the development of the first mechanical calculators. His most famous philosophical writing is the “Pensees”, a collection of thoughts written down for his own personal contemplation. It wasn’t published until after his death.
- In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.
- All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
- We sail within a vast sphere, ever drifting in uncertainty, driven from end to end.
- Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.
- Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith cannot be proved, what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it proves false? If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that He exists.
- There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous.
- The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.
- I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man’s being unable to sit still in a room.
- Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known.
- Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.
- 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.
- Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God.
- Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
- Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical.
- We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.