Blaise Pascal (Mathematician)

#25311 Blaise Pascal

Our reason is always disappointed by the inconstancy of appearances. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about reason
#25312 Blaise Pascal

If we look at our work immediately after completing it, we are still too involved; if too long afterwards, we cannot pick up the thread again. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about war
#25313 Blaise Pascal

For as old age is that period of life most remote from infancy, who does not see that old age in this universal man ought not to be sought in the times nearest his birth, but in those most remote from it? .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about life
#25314 Blaise Pascal

Je n'ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n'ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte. .

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#25315 Blaise Pascal

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

Blaise Pascal Quotes about belief
#25316 Blaise Pascal

FEU. Dieu d'Abraham, Dieu d'Isaac, Dieu de Jacob, non des philosophes et savants. Certitude. Certitude. Sentiment. Joie. Paix. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about time
#25317 Blaise Pascal

The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know. We feel it in a thousand things. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about art
#25318 Blaise Pascal

...it is rare that mathematicians are intuitive, and that men of intuition are mathematicians, because mathematicians wish to treat matters of intuition mathematically, and make themselves ridiculous, wishing to begin with definitions and then with axioms, which is not the way to proceed in this kind of reasoning. Not that the mind does not do so, but it does it tacitly, naturally, and without technical rules; for the expression of it is beyond all men, and only a few can feel it. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about mind
#25319 Blaise Pascal

Dull minds are never either intuitive or mathematical. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about mind
#25320 Blaise Pascal

There are then two kinds of intellect: the one able to penetrate acutely and deeply into the conclusions of given premises, and this is the precise intellect; the other able to comprehend a great number of premises without confusing them, and this is the mathematical intellect. The one has force and exactness, the other comprehension. Now the one quality can exist without the other; the intellect can be strong and narrow, and can also be comprehensive and weak. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about sin
#25321 Blaise Pascal

Those who are accustomed to judge by feeling do not understand the process of reasoning, for they would understand at first sight, and are not used to seek for principles. And others, on the contrary, who are accustomed to reason from principles, do not at all understand matters of feeling, seeking principles, and being unable to see at a glance. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about reason
#25322 Blaise Pascal

La vraie .

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#25323 Blaise Pascal

...it is to judgment that perception belongs, as science belongs to intellect. Intuition is the part of judgment, mathematics of intellect. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about science
#25324 Blaise Pascal

Se moquer de la philosophie, c'est vraiment philosopher .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about men
#25325 Blaise Pascal

The understanding and the feelings are moulded by intercourse; the understanding and feelings are corrupted by intercourse. Thus good or bad society improves or corrupts them. It is, then, all-important to know how to choose in order to improve and not to corrupt them; and we cannot make this choice, if they be not already improved and not corrupted. Thus a circle is formed, and those are fortunate who escape it. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about society
#25326 Blaise Pascal

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

Blaise Pascal Quotes about men
#25327 Blaise Pascal

When we wish to correct with advantage, and to show another that he errs, we must notice from what side he views the matter, for on that side it is usually true, and admit that truth to him, but reveal to him the side on which it is false. He is satisfied with that, for he sees that he was not mistaken, and that he only failed to see all sides. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about truth
#25328 Blaise Pascal

...no one is offended at not seeing everything; but one does not like to be mistaken, and that perhaps arises from the fact that man naturally cannot see everything, and that naturally he cannot err in the side he looks at, since the perceptions of our senses are always true. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about man
#25329 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. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about mind
#25330 Blaise Pascal

When a natural discourse paints a passion or an effect, one feels within oneself the truth of what one reads, which was there before, although one did not know it. Hence one is inclined to love him who makes us feel it, for he has not shown us his own riches, but ours. ...such community of intellect that we have with him necessarily inclines the heart to love. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about love
#25331 Blaise Pascal

Eloquence is an art of saying things in such a way—(1) that those to whom we speak may listen to them without pain and with pleasure; (2) that they feel themselves interested, so that self-love leads them more willingly to reflection upon it. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about love
#25332 Blaise Pascal

It [eloquence] consists, then, in a correspondence which we seek to establish between the head and the heart of those to whom we speak on the one hand, and, on the other, between the thoughts and the expressions which we employ. ...We must put ourselves in the place of those who are to hear us, and make trial on our own heart... We ought to restrict ourselves, so far as possible, to the simple and natural, and not to magnify that which is little, or belittle that which is great. It is not enough that a thing be beautiful; it must be suitable to the subject, and there must be in it nothing of excess or defect. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about art
#25333 Blaise Pascal

Rivers are roads which move, and which carry us whither we desire to go. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about desire
#25334 Blaise Pascal

The manner in which , , and Salomon de Tultie wrote, is the most usual, the most suggestive, the most remembered, and the oftener quoted; because it is entirely composed of thoughts born from the common talk of life. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about life
#25335 Blaise Pascal

La derni .

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#25336 Blaise Pascal

Nature has made all her truths independent of one another. Our art makes one dependent on the other. But this is not natural. Each keeps its own place. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about truth
#25337 Blaise Pascal

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

Blaise Pascal Quotes about reason
#25338 Blaise Pascal

'Quand on voit le style naturel, on est tout .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about nature
#25339 Blaise Pascal

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

Blaise Pascal Quotes about nature
#25340 Blaise Pascal

We only consult the ear because the heart is wanting. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about art
#25341 Blaise Pascal

Beauty of omission, of judgment. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about men
#25342 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. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about beauty
#25343 Blaise Pascal

Poetical beauty. ...We know well what is the object of mathematics, and that it consists of proofs, and what is the object of medicine, and that it consists of healing. But we do not know in whatconsists, which is the object of poetry. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about poetry
#25344 Blaise Pascal

...whoever imagines a woman after this model, which consists in saying little things in big words, will see a pretty girl adorned with mirrors and chains... .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about words
#25345 Blaise Pascal

No one passes in the world as skilled in verse unless he has put up the sign of a poet, a mathematician, &c. But educated people do not want a sign, and draw little distinction between the trade of a poet and that of an embroiderer. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about people
#25346 Blaise Pascal

People of education are not called poets or mathematicians, &c.; but they are all these, and judges of all these. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about education
#25347 Blaise Pascal

Since we cannot be universal and know all that is to be known of everything, we ought to know a little about everything. For it is far better to know something about everything than to know all about one thing. This universality is the best. If we can have both, still better; but if we must choose, we ought to choose the former. And the world feels this and does so; for the world is often a good judge. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about world
#25348 Blaise Pascal

...when we wish to demonstrate a general theorem, we must give the rule as applied to a particular case; but if we wish to demonstrate a particular case, we must begin with the general rule. For we always find the thing obscure which we wish to prove, and that clear which we use for the proof; for, when a thing is put forward to be proved, we first fill ourselves with the imagination that it is therefore obscure, and on the contrary that what is to prove it, is clear, and so we understand it easily. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about war
#25349 Blaise Pascal

Man loves , but not against one-eyed men nor the unfortunate, but against the fortunate and proud. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about love
#25350 Blaise Pascal

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

Blaise Pascal Quotes about humanity
#25351 Blaise Pascal

Certain authors, speaking of their works, say, "My book," "My commentary," "My history," etc. They resemble middle-class people who have a house of their own, and always have "My house" on their tongue. They would do better to say, "Our book," "Our commentary," "Our history," etc., because there is in them usually more of other people's than their own. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about history
#25352 Blaise Pascal

Do you wish people to believe good of you? Don't speak. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about people
#25353 Blaise Pascal

A maker of , a bad character. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about character
#25354 Blaise Pascal

The same meaning changes with the words which express it. Meanings receive their dignity from words instead of giving it to them. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about change
#25355 Blaise Pascal

I always feel uncomfortable under such complements as these: "I have given you a great deal of trouble," "I am afraid I am boring you," "I fear this is too long." We either carry our audience with us, or irritate them. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about fear
#25356 Blaise Pascal

You are ungraceful: "Excuse me, pray." Without that excuse I would not have known there was anything amiss. "With reverence be it spoken..." The only thing bad is their excuse. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about grace
#25357 Blaise Pascal

I might well have taken this discourse in an order like this: to show the vanity of all conditions of men, to show the vanity of ordinary lives, and then the vanity of philosophic lives, sceptics, stoics; but the order would not have been kept. I know a little what it is, and how few people understand it. No human science can keep it.did not keep it. Mathematics keep it, but they are useless on account of their depth. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about science
#25358 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. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about life
#25359 Blaise Pascal

of physical science will not console me for ignorance of morality in time of affliction, but knowledge of morality will always console me for ignorance of physical science. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about knowledge
#25360 Blaise Pascal

When we read too fast or too slowly, we understand nothing. .

Blaise Pascal Quotes about read

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