Blaise Pascal Quotes

A quotes list created by Lee Sonogan

Blaise Pascal | Christian History

At the age of 16, this man was designing the geometric probability theory still applied in modern times. Plus during the 17th century, his stuff highly affected current society and economies alike. Inventing the mechanical calculator and insisted that nature abhors a vacuum. More philosophy than mathematics for these quotes, surely there is more of them I am missing.

  • As we speak of poetical beauty, so ought we to speak of mathematical beauty and medical beauty. But we do not do so; and that reason is that we know well what is the object of mathematics, and that it consists in proofs, and what is the object of medicine, and that it consists in healing. But we do not know in what grace consists, which is the object of poetry.
  • Vanity of science. Knowledge of physical science will not console me for ignorance of morality in time of affliction, but knowledge of morality will always console me for ignorance of physical science.
  • “Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. They make other people good-natured. They also produce their own image on men’s souls, and a beautiful image it is.”
  • “Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves.”
  • “Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.”
  • “The immortality of the soul is a matter which is of so great consequence to us and which touches us so profoundly that we must have lost all feeling to be indifferent about it.”
  • “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”
  • Our notion of symmetry is derived form the human face. Hence, we demand symmetry horizontally and in breadth only, not vertically nor in depth.
  • Those who are accustomed to judge by feeling do not understand the process of reasoning, because they want to comprehend at a glance and are not used to seeking for first principles. Those, on the other hand, who are accustomed to reason from first principles do not understand matters of feeling at all, because they look for first principles and are unable to comprehend at a glance.
  • Words differently arranged have a different meaning and meanings differently arranged have a different effect.
  • Reason’s last step is the recognition that there are an infinite number of things which are beyond it.
  • There are two types of mind … 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.
  • To speak freely of mathematics, I find it the highest exercise of the spirit; but at the same time I know that it is so useless that I make little distinction between a man who is only a mathematician and a common artisan. Also, I call it the most beautiful profession in the world; but it is only a profession.
  • Few men speak humbly of humility, chastely of chastity, skeptically of skepticism.
  • I cannot judge my work while I am doing it. I have to do as painters do, stand back and view it from a distance, but not too great a distance. How great? Guess.
  • I feel engulfed in the infinite immensity of spaces whereof I know nothing, and which know nothing of me, I am terrified The eternal silence of these infinite spaces alarms me.
  • Let no one say that I have said nothing new… the arrangement of the subject is new. When we play tennis, we both play with the same ball, but one of us places it better.
  • Look somewhere else for someone who can follow you in your researches about numbers. For my part, I confess that they are far beyond me, and I am competent only to admire them.
  • Perfect clarity would profit the intellect but damage the will.
  • Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.

Somewhat paradoxical but still very cool. I understand why he is respected over in France. This list is missing three good quotes which are used in various poems and posts on this website.

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