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All our life passes in this way: we seek rest by struggling against certain obstacles, and once they are overcome, rest proves intolerable because of the boredom it produces.


Our reason is always disappointed by the inconstancy of appearances.


Things are always at their best in their beginning.

PASCAL, Provincial Letters

The only shame is to have none.


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

BLAISE PASCAL, quoted in The International Thesaurus of Quotations

The eternal Being is forever if he is at all.


Justice is what is established; and thus all our established laws will be regarded as just, without being examined, since they are established.


That something so obvious as the vanity of the world should be so little recognized that people find it odd and surprising to be told that it is foolish to seek greatness; that is most remarkable.


Man is but a reed, the weakest in nature, but he is a thinking reed.


One-half of life is admitted by us to be passed in sleep, in which, however it may appear otherwise, we have no perception of truth, and all our feelings are delusions: who knows but the other half of life, in which we think we are awake, is a sleep also, but in some respects different from the other, and from which we wake when we, as we call it, sleep--as a man dreams often that he is dreaming, crowding one dreamy delusion on another.

BLAISE PASCAL, Thoughts on Religion and Other Subjects

Pride counterbalances all our miseries, for it either hides them, or if it discloses them, boasts of that disclosure; it has such a thorough possession of us, that we are prepared to sacrifice life with joy, if it may be talked of.

BLAISE PASCAL, Thoughts of Blaise Pascal

Christian piety annihilates the egotism of the heart; worldly politeness veils and represses it.

BLAISE PASCAL, attributed, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers

As the two great sources of our sins are pride and indolence, God has been pleased to make known, in himself, two corresponding means of cure -- his mercy and his justice.

BLAISE PASCAL, Thoughts of Blaise Pascal

Not only each individual is making daily advances in the sciences, and may make advances in morality, but all mankind together are making a continual progress in proportion as the universe grows older; so that the whole human race, during the course of so many ages, may be considered as one man, who never ceases to live and learn.

BLAISE PASCAL, attributed, Day's Collacon

The whole title by which you possess your property, is not a title of nature but of a human institution.

BLAISE PASCAL, Discourses on the Condition of the Great

We labour unceasingly to adorn and preserve this imaginary existence, and neglect the real.


The highest order of mind is accused of folly, as well as the lowest. Nothing is thoroughly approved but mediocrity; the majority has established this, and it fixes its fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way.

BLAISE PASCAL, Thoughts of Blaise Pascal

Our achievements of today are but the sum total of our thoughts of yesterday.

BLAISE PASCAL, attributed, The Simplest Book God Ever Wrote


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