Blaise Pascal Quotes

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Blaise Pascal, (June 19, 1623August 19, 1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father. Pascal’s earliest work was in the natural and applied sciences where he made important contributions to the construction of mechanical calculators, the study of fluids, and clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum by generalizing the work of Evangelista Torricelli. Pascal also wrote powerfully in defense of the scientific method.Following a mystical experience in late 1654, he abandoned his scientific work and devoted himself to philosophy and theology. His two most famous works date from this period: the Lettres provinciales and the Pensées.Pascal suffered from ill-health throughout his life and died two months after his 39th birthday.   

“There is a God-created vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be satisfied by any created thing, but only by God the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ.”

-Blaise Pascal

“Without Jesus Christ man must be in vice and misery; with Jesus Christ man is free from vice and misery; in him is all our virtue and all our happiness. Apart from him there is but vice, misery, darkness, death, despair.”

-Blaise Pascal

“Not only do we not know God save through Jesus Christ, but we do not know ourselves save through Jesus Christ. Apart from Jesus Christ we know not what our life is, nor our death, nor God, nor ourselves.”

-Blaise Pascal

“The God of Christians is a God of love and comfort, a God who fills the soul and heart of those whom he possesses, a God who makes them conscious of their inward wretchedness, and his infinite mercy; who unites himself to their inmost soul, who fills it with humility and joy, with confidence and love, who renders them incapable of any other end than himself.”

-Blaise Pascal

“The man who knows God but does not know his own misery, becomes proud. The man who knows his own misery but does not know God, ends in despair…the knowledge of Jesus Christ constitutes the middle course because in him we find both God and our own misery. Jesus Christ is therefore a God whom we approach without pride, and before whom we humble ourselves without despair.”

-Blaise Pascal

“The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing. We feel it in a thousand things. I say that the heart naturally loves the Universal Being, and naturally loves itself; and it gives itself to one or the other, and hardens itself against one or the other, as it chooses…it is the heart that feels God, not the reason; this is faith.”

-Blaise Pascal

“Jesus says: Console yourself, you would not seek me, if you had not found me.”

-Blaise Pascal

“The law required what it could not give. Grace gives that which it requires.”

-Blaise Pascal

“Truth that does not set free is not truth.”

-Pascal

“Cold words freeze people, and hot words scorch them, and bitter words make them bitter, and wrathful words make them wrathful. Kind words also produce their own image on men’s souls; and a beautiful image it is. They soothe, and quiet, and comfort the hearer.”

-Blaise Pascal

“It is in vain, O men, that you seek within yourselves the cure of all your miseries. All your insight only leads you to the knowledge that it is not in yourselves that you will discover the true and the good. The philosophers promised them to you, and have not been able to keep their promise…Your principal maladies are pride, which cuts you off from God; sensuality, which binds you to the earth; and they have done nothing but foster at least one of these maladies. If they have given you God for your object, it has only been to pander to your pride; they mad you think that you were like Him and resembled Him by your nature. And those who have grasped the vanity of such a pretension have cast you down into the other abyss by making you believe that your nature was like that of the beasts of the field, and have led you to seek your good in lust, which is the lot of animals.”

-Blaise Pascal

“Human beings do not know their place and purpose. They have fallen from their true place, and lost their true purpose. They search everywhere for their place and purpose, with great anxiety. But they cannot find them because they are surrounded by darkness.”

-Blaise Pascal

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One thought on “Blaise Pascal Quotes

  1. These are amazing quotes… his soul is so young… his emotions feel like someone experiencing Jesus Christ today! It’s really cool how timeless the experience of knowing our creator is!

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