Quotes by Blaise Pascal

All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
– Blaise Pascal
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.
– 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
Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.
– Blaise Pascal
Desire and force between them are responsible for all our actions; desire causes our voluntary acts, force our involuntary.
– Blaise Pascal
Do you wish people to think well of you? Don't speak well of yourself.
– Blaise Pascal
Earnestness is enthusiasm tempered by reason.
– Blaise Pascal
Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts.
– 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
Evil is easy, and has infinite forms.
– Blaise Pascal
Faith embraces many truths which seem to contradict each other.
– Blaise Pascal
Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God.
– Blaise Pascal
Few friendships would survive if each one knew what his friend says of him behind his back.
– Blaise Pascal
Had Cleopatra's nose been shorter, the whole face of the world would have changed.
– Blaise Pascal
If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.
– Blaise Pascal
If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future.
– Blaise Pascal
Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.
– Blaise Pascal
In each action we must look beyond the action at our past, present, and future state, and at others whom it affects, and see the relations of all those things. And then we shall be very cautious.
– 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
It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants.
– Blaise Pascal