Blaise Pascal

was born 385 years ago today

he was the Pascal of Pascal’s Wager (that it’s better to bet on God, then against, despite lack of evidence or reason)

  • “A trifle consoles us, for a trifle distresses us.”
  • “Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.”
  • “Man’s greatness lies in his power of thought.”
  • “Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just.”
  • “Since we cannot know all that there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything.”
  • “The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.”
  • “We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.”
  • “Through space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom; through thought I comprehend the world.”
  • “Hjertet har sine grunner som forstanden ikke kjenner til.”
  • “Dette brevet ble lenger enn vanlig fordi jeg ikke hadde tid til å skrive kortere.”
  • “Kjærligheten har ingen alder, siden den alltid fornyer seg.”
  • “Tanken utgjør menneskets storhet.”
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