Quotes by Blaise Pascal

Our senses perceive no extreme. Too much sound deafens us; too much light dazzles us; too great distance or proximity hinders our view. Too ...

Blaise Pascal extremes moderation truth

Since [man] is infinitely removed from comprehending the extremes, the end of things and their beginning are hopelessly hidden fro m him in ...

Blaise Pascal infinity knowledge extremes

What is man in nature? A nothing in comparison with the infinite, an all in comparison with the nothing--a mean between nothing an d everyth ...

Blaise Pascal infinity nothingness extremes

When we read too fast or too slowly, we understand nothing.... Too much and too little wine--give him none, he cannot find truth; give him t ...

Blaise Pascal extremes moderation

Eloquence is a way of saying things in such a way, first, that those to whom we speak may listen to them without pain and with ple asure, an ...

Blaise Pascal eloquence persuasion

I have only made this [letter] longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter. ...

Blaise Pascal editing

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

Blaise Pascal persuasion

God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, not of the philosophers and the learned. ...

Blaise Pascal God philosophical

Sneezing absorbs all the functions of the soul just as much as the [sexual] act, but we do not draw from it the same conclusions a gainst th ...

Blaise Pascal sex sneezing

There is no shame in man giving in to pain, but it is shameful for him to give in to pleasure. This is not because pain comes to u s from ou ...

Blaise Pascal pain pleasures

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