121+ Best Blaise Pascal Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic theologian. Profoundly inspirational Blaise Pascal quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

Famous Blaise Pascal Quotes

If you want others to have a good opinion of you, say nothing. – Blaise Pascal

Most of man’s trouble comes from his inability to be still. – Blaise Pascal

Man’s grandeur is that he knows himself to be miserable. – Blaise Pascal

Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of a river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarrelled with him? – Blaise Pascal

The art of revolutionizing and overturning states is to undermine established customs, by going back to their origin, in order to mark their want of justice. – Blaise Pascal

Man is to himself the most wonderful object in nature; for he cannot conceive what the body is, still less what the mind is, and least of all how a body should be united to a mind. This is the consummation of his difficulties, and yet it is his very being. – Blaise Pascal

All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves. – Blaise Pascal

Don’t try to add more years to your life. Better add more life to your years. – Blaise Pascal

There are plenty of maxims in the world; all that remains is to apply them. – Blaise Pascal

Our soul is cast into a body, where it finds number, time, dimension. Thereupon its reasons, and calls this nature necessity, and can believe nothing else. – Blaise Pascal

Let us imagine a number of men in chains and all condemned to death, where some are killed each day in the sight of the others, and those who remain see their own fate in that of their fellows and wait their turn, looking at each other sorrowfully and without hope. It is an image of the condition of man. – Blaise Pascal

Words differently arranged have a different meaning, and meanings differently arranged have different effects. – Blaise Pascal

The heart has arguments with which the logic of mind is not aquainted. – Blaise Pascal

The supreme function of reason is to show man that some things are beyond reason. – Blaise Pascal

One must know oneself. If this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better. – Blaise Pascal

When intuition and logic agree, you are always right. – Blaise Pascal

We must learn our limits. We are all something, but none of us are everything. – Blaise Pascal

It is right that what is just should be obeyed. It is necessary that what is strongest should be obeyed. – Blaise Pascal

No one is offended at not seeing everything; but one does not like to be mistaken, and that perhaps arises from the fact that man naturally cannot see everything, and that naturally he cannot err in the side he looks at, since the perceptions of our senses are always true. – Blaise Pascal

Our achievements of today are but the sum total of our thoughts of yesterday. You are today where the thoughts of yesterday have brought you and you will be tomorrow where the thoughts of today take you. – Blaise Pascal

All the maxims have been written. It only remains to put them into practice. – Blaise Pascal

It is dangerous to explain too clearly to man how like he is to the animals without pointing out his greatness. It is also dangerous to make too much of his greatness without his vileness. It is still more dangerous to leave him in ignorance of both, but it is most valuable to represent both to him. Man must not be allowed to believe that he is equal either to animals or to angels, nor to be unaware of either, but he must know both. – Blaise Pascal

Few friendships would survive if each one knew what his friend says of him behind his back. – Blaise Pascal

Let each of us examine his thoughts; he will find them wholly concerned with the past or the future. We almost never think of the present, and if we do think of it, it is only to see what light is throws on our plans for the future. The present is never our end. The past and the present are our means, the future alone our end. Thus, we never actually live, but hope to live, and since we are always planning how to be happy, it is inevitable that we should never be so. – Blaise Pascal

The principles of pleasure are not firm and stable. They are different in all mankind, and variable in every particular with such a diversity that there is no man more different from another than from himself at different times. – Blaise Pascal

How shall one who is so weak in his childhood become really strong when he grows older? We only change our fancies. – Blaise Pascal

It is certain that the soul is either mortal or immortal. The decision of this question must make a total difference in the principles of morals. Yet philosophers have arranged their moral system entirely independent of this. What an extraordinary blindness! – Blaise Pascal

Chess is the gymnasium of the mind. – Blaise Pascal

We view things not only from different sides, but with different eyes; we have no wish to find them alike. – Blaise Pascal

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

If God exists, not seeking God must be the gravest error imaginable. If one decides to sincerely seek for God and doesn’t find God, the lost effort is negligible in comparison to what is at risk in not seeking God in the first place. – Blaise Pascal

Let us, then, take our compass; we are something, and we are not everything. The nature of our existence hides from us the knowledge of first beginnings which are born of the nothing; and the littleness of our being conceals from us the sight of the infinite. Our intellect holds the same position in the world of thought as our body occupies in the expanse of nature. – Blaise Pascal

That queen, of error, whom we call fancy and opinion, is the more deceitful because she does not always deceive. She would be the infallible rule of truth if she were the infallible rule of falsehood; but being only most frequently in error, she gives no evidence of her real quality, for she marks with the same character both that which is true and that which is false. – Blaise Pascal

I rather live as if God exists to find out that He doesn’t than live as if he doesn’t exist to find out He does. – Blaise Pascal

Having been unable to strengthen justice, we have justified strength. – Blaise Pascal

There are two kinds of people one can call reasonable: those who serve God with all their heart because they know him, and those who seek him with all their heart because they do not know him. – Blaise Pascal

Love has reasons which reason cannot understand. – Blaise Pascal

Evil is easy and has infinite forms. – Blaise Pascal

Nature imitates herself. A grain thrown into good ground brings forth fruit; a principle thrown into a good mind brings forth fruit. Everything is created and conducted by the same Master-the root, the branch, the fruits-the principles, the consequences. – Blaise Pascal

Those who are clever in imagination are far more pleased with themselves than prudent men could reasonably be. – Blaise Pascal

For after all what is man in nature? A nothing in relation to infinity, all in relation to nothing, a central point between nothing and all and infinitely far from understanding either. The ends of things and their beginnings are impregnably concealed from him in an impenetrable secret. He is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness out of which he was drawn and the infinite in which he is engulfed. – Blaise Pascal

Either Christianity is true or it’s false. If you bet that it’s true, and you believe in God and submit to Him, then if it IS true, you’ve gained God, heaven, and everything else. If it’s false, you’ve lost nothing, but you’ve had a good life marked by peace and the illusion that ultimately, everything makes sense. If you bet that Christianity is not true, and it’s false, you’ve lost nothing. But if you bet that it’s false, and it turns out to be true, you’ve lost everything, and you get to spend eternity in hell. – Blaise Pascal

The entire ocean is affected by a single pebble. – Blaise Pascal

Little things console us because little things afflict us. – Blaise Pascal

If god does not exist, one loses nothing by believing in him anyway, while if he does exist, one stands to lose everything by not believing. – Blaise Pascal

He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright. – Blaise Pascal

The more intelligent a man is, the more originality he discovers in others. – Blaise Pascal

Lord, help me to do great things as though they were little, since I do them with your power; And little things as though they were great, since I do them in your name! – Blaise Pascal

Everything that is written merely to please the author is worthless. – Blaise Pascal

You always admire what you really don’t understand. – Blaise Pascal

We must kill them in war, just because they live beyond the river. If they lived on this side, we would be called murderers. – Blaise Pascal

In difficult times carry something beautiful in your heart. – Blaise Pascal

Our imagination so magnifies this present existence, by the power of continual reflection on it, and so attenuates eternity, by not thinking of it at all, that we reduce an eternity to nothingness, and expand a mere nothing to an eternity; and this habit is so inveterately rooted in us that all the force of reason cannot induce us to lay it aside. – Blaise Pascal

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. – Blaise Pascal

All human evil comes from a single cause, man’s inability to sit still in a room. – Blaise Pascal

When one does not love too much, one does not love enough. – Blaise Pascal

Imagination decides everything. – Blaise Pascal

For nature is an image of Grace, and visible miracles are images of the invisible. – Blaise Pascal

There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous. – Blaise Pascal

God only pours out his light into the mind after having subdued the rebellion of the will by an altogether heavenly gentleness which charms and wins it. – Blaise Pascal

The mind has its arrangement; it proceeds from principles to demonstrations. The heart has a different mode of proceeding. – Blaise Pascal

The sensitivity of men to small matters, and their indifference to great ones, indicates a strange inversion. – Blaise Pascal

Human life is thus only an endless illusion. Men deceive and flatter each other. No one speaks of us in our presence as he does when we are gone. Society is based on mutual hypocrisy. – Blaise Pascal

In each action we must look beyond the action at our past, present, and future state, and at others whom it affects, and see the relations of all those things. And then we shall be very cautious. – Blaise Pascal

Once your soul has been enlarged by a truth, it can never return to its original size. – Blaise Pascal

Do you wish people to think well of you? Don’t speak well of yourself. – Blaise Pascal

Faith is a gift of God. – Blaise Pascal

Nothing is so intolerable to man as being fully at rest, without a passion, without business, without entertainment, without care. – 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

The only shame is to have none. – Blaise Pascal

People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive. – Blaise Pascal

No man ever believes with a true and saving faith unless God inclines his heart; and no man when God does incline his heart can refrain from believing. – Blaise Pascal

All the excesses, all the violence, and all the vanity of great men, come from the fact that they know not what they are: it being difficult for those who regard themselves at heart as equal with all men… For this it is necessary for one to forget himself, and to believe that he has some real excellence above them, in which consists this illusion that I am endeavoring to discover to you. – Blaise Pascal

We think very little of time present; we anticipate the future, as being too slow, and with a view to hasten it onward, we recall the past to stay it as too swiftly gone. We are so thoughtless, that we thus wander through the hours which are not here, regardless only of the moment that is actually our own. – Blaise Pascal

What amazes me most is to see that everyone is not amazed at his own weakness. – Blaise Pascal

Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical. – Blaise Pascal

Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. – Blaise Pascal

Man is neither angel nor beast. – Blaise Pascal

Distraction is the only thing that consoles us for our miseries. Yet it is itself the greatest of our miseries. – Blaise Pascal

Mutual cheating is the foundation of society. – Blaise Pascal

God has given us evidence sufficiently clear to convince those with an open heart and mind. – Blaise Pascal

All of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling. – Blaise Pascal

The gospel to me is simply irresistible. – Blaise Pascal

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. – Blaise Pascal

Description of man: dependence, longing for independence, need. – Blaise Pascal

Knowing God without knowing our own wretchedness makes for pride. Knowing our own wretchedness without knowing God makes for despair. Knowing Jesus Christ strikes the balance because he shows us both God and our own wretchedness. – Blaise Pascal

Man’s sensitivity to the little things and insensitivity to the greatest are the signs of a strange disorder. – Blaise Pascal

Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it. – Blaise Pascal

Vanity is but the surface. – Blaise Pascal

If I believe in God and life after death and you do not, and if there is no God, we both lose when we die. However, if there is a God, you still lose, and I gain everything. – Blaise Pascal

No one is discontented at not being a king except a discrowned king … unhappiness almost invariably indicates the existence of a road not taken, a talent undeveloped, a self not recognized. – Blaise Pascal

Justice is what is established; and thus, all our established laws will necessarily be regarded as just without examination, since they are established. – Blaise Pascal

Kind words produce their images on men’s souls. – Blaise Pascal

Fear not, provided you fear; but if you fear not, then fear. – Blaise Pascal

The majority is the best way, because it is visible, and has strength to make itself obeyed. Yet it is the opinion of the least able. – 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

It is not in Montaigne, but in myself, that I find all that I see in him. – 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 stream is always purer at its source. – Blaise Pascal

The end point of rationality is to demonstrate the limits of rationality. – Blaise Pascal

There is enough light for those who only desire to see, and enough obscurity for those who have a contrary disposition – Blaise Pascal

There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus. – Blaise Pascal

Those are weaklings who know the truth and uphold it as long as it suits their purpose, and then abandon it. – Blaise Pascal

Muhammad established a religion by putting his enemies to death; Jesus Christ by commanding his followers to lay down their lives. – Blaise Pascal

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. – Blaise Pascal

And is it not obvious that, just as it is a crime to disturb the peace when truth reigns, it is also a crime to remain at peace when the truth is being destroyed? – Blaise Pascal

Curiosity is only vanity. We usually only want to know something so that we can talk about it. – Blaise Pascal

All our dignity lies in our thoughts. – Blaise Pascal

It is dangerous to tell the people that the laws are unjust; for they obey them only because they think them just. Therefore, it is necessary to tell them at the same time that they must obey them because they are laws, just as they must obey superiors, not because they are just, but because they are superiors. In this way all sedition is prevented. – Blaise Pascal

What can be seen on earth points to neither the total absence nor the obvious presence of divinity, but to the presence of a hidden God. Everything bears this mark. – Blaise Pascal

We are not satisfied with real life; we want to live some imaginary life in the eyes of other people and to seem different from what we actually are. – Blaise Pascal

When we would show any one that he is mistaken, our best course is to observe on what side he considers the subject,–for his view of if is generally right on this side,–and admit to him that he is right so far. He will be satisfied with this acknowledgment, that he was not wrong in his judgment, but only inadvertent in not looking at the whole case. – Blaise Pascal

There are only three types of people; those who have found God and serve him; those who have not found God and seek him, and those who live not seeking, or finding him. The first are rational and happy; the second unhappy and rational, and the third foolish and unhappy. – Blaise Pascal

We are so presumptuous that we wish to be known to all the world, even to those who come after us; and we are so vain that the esteem of five or six persons immediately around us is enough to amuse and satisfy us. – Blaise Pascal

When we see a natural style, we are astonished and charmed; for we expected to see an author, and we find a person. – Blaise Pascal

Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves. – Blaise Pascal

Anyone who found the secret of rejoicing when things go well without being annoyed when they go badly would have found the point. – Blaise Pascal

Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. Love still stands when all else has fallen. – 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

When everyone is moving towards depravity, no one seems to be moving, but if someone stops he shows up the others who are rushing on, by acting as a fixed point. – 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

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