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  • 11.
    I have only made this [letter] longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. Lettres Provinciales, letter 16 (1657).

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  • 12.
    Rivers are roads which move, and which carry us whither we desire to go.
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 17 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • 13.
    If we must not act save on a certainty, we ought not to act on religion, for it is not certain. But how many things we do on an uncertainty, sea voyages, battles!
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 234 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).

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  • 14.
    Our soul is cast into a body, where it finds number, time, dimension. Thereupon it reasons, and calls this nature necessity, and can believe nothing else.
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 233 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).

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  • 15.
    The consciousness of the falsity of present pleasures, and the ignorance of the vanity of absent pleasures, cause inconstancy.
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 110 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • 16.
    What is man in nature? A nothing in comparison with the infinite, an all in comparison with the nothing—a mean between nothing and everything.
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 72 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).

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  • 17.
    To have no time for philosophy is to be a true philosopher.
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. Pensées, no. 513, ed. Krailsheimer, no. 4, ed. Brunschvicg (1670).

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  • 18.
    If man made himself the first object of study, he would see how incapable he is of going further. How can a part know the whole?
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 72 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • 19.
    Men despise religion; they hate it and fear it is true.
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 187 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).

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  • 20.
    It is superstitious to put one's hopes in formalities, but arrogant to refuse to submit to them.
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. Pensées, no. 364, ed. Krailsheimer; no. 249, ed. Brunschvicg.
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