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  • 61.
    The last act is bloody, however pleasant all the rest of the play is: a little earth is thrown at last upon our head, and that is the end forever.
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 210 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).

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  • 62.
    The last proceeding of reason is to recognize that there is an infinity of things which are beyond it.... There is nothing so conformable to reason as this disavowal of reason.
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, nos. 267, 272 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • 63.
    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 (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 312 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).

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  • 64.
    On mourra seul. We shall die alone.
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, mathematician. Pensées, iii. 211, ed. L. Brunschvieg, 5th edition (1909).

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  • 65.
    Cleopatra's nose: had it been shorter, the whole aspect of the world would have been altered.
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 162 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).

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  • 66.
    Justice and truth are too such subtle points that our tools are too blunt to touch them accurately.
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 82 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).

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  • 67.
    There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous.
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. Pensées, nos. 562, 534, no. 562, ed. Krailsheimer; no. 534, ed. Brunschvicg (1670).
  • 68.
    Man's true nature being lost, everything becomes his nature; as, his true good being lost, everything becomes his good.
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 426 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).

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  • 69.
    I can well conceive a man without hands, feet, head.... But I cannot conceive man without thought; he would be a stone or a brute.
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 339 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).
  • 70.
    Custom is our nature.... What are our natural principles but principles of custom?
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, nos. 89, 92 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).

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