Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) French scientist, religious philosopher

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The origins of disputes between philosophers is, that one class of them have undertaken to raise man by displaying his greatness, and the other to debase him by showing his miseries. - Blaise Pascal

If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future. - Blaise Pascal

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

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

Venerable, because it has perfect knowledge of man; lovable because it promises the true good. - Blaise Pascal

If all men knew what each said of the other, there would not be four friends in the world. - Blaise Pascal

There are two types of minds, the mathematical, and what might be called the intuitive. The former arrives at its views slowly, but they are firm and rigid; the latter is endowed with greater flexibility and applies itself simultaneously to the diverse lovable parts of that which it loves. - Blaise Pascal

Force and not opinion is the queen of the world; but it is opinion that uses the force. [Fr., La force est la reine du monde, et non pas l'opinion; mais l'opinion est celle qui use de la force] - Blaise Pascal

Habit is the second nature which destroys the first. - Blaise Pascal