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  • 21.
    Faith certainly tells us what the senses do not, but not the contrary of what they see; it is above, not against them.
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. Pensées (1670), no. 185, ed. Krailsheimer; no. 265, ed. Brunschvicg.

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  • 22.
    Concupiscence and force are the source of all our actions; concupiscence causes voluntary actions, force involuntary ones.
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 334 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • 23.
    When we see a natural style, we are astonished and delighted; for we expected to see an author, and we find a man.
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 29 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • 24.
    If our condition were truly happy, we would not need diversion from thinking of it in order to make ourselves happy.
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 165 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).

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  • 25.
    It is natural for the mind to believe and for the will to love; so that, for want of true objects, they must attach themselves to false.
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 81 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).

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  • 26.
    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 (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 66 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).

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  • 27.
    Men never do evil so fully and cheerfully as when we do it out of conscience.
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. Pensées, no. 813, ed. Krailsheimer; no. 895, ed. Brunschvicg (1670, trans. 1688), rev. A.J. Krailsheimer (1966).

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  • 28.
    Time heals griefs and quarrels, for we change and are no longer the same persons. Neither the offender nor the offended are any more themselves.
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 122 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).

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  • 29.
    Nothing fortifies scepticism more than the fact that there are some who are not sceptics; if all were so, they would be wrong.
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 374 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • 30.
    We never love a person, but only qualities.
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 323 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).

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