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Blaise Pascal

1623-1662. French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher.

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If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future.

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Man is only a reed, the weakest in nature; but he is a thinking reed. There is no need for the whole universe to take up arms to crush him: a vapor, a drop of water is enough to kill him. But even if the universe were to crush him, man would still be nobler than his slayer, because he knows that he is dying and the advantage the universe has over him. The universe knows nothing of this.

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

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The multitude which is not brought to act as a unity, is confusion. That unity which has not its origin in the multitude is tyranny.

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Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world.

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We never live, but we hope to live; and as we are always arranging to be happy, it must be that we never are so.

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We only consult the ear because the heart is wanting.

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Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.

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To find recreation in amusement is not happiness.

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We must learn our limits. We are all something but none of us are everything.

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