Some vices only lay hold of us by means of others, and these, like branches, fall on removal of the trunk. If we ought to devote eight hours of life, we ought to devote a hundred years. If this discourse pleases you and seems impressive, know that it is made by a man who has knelt, both before and after it, in prayer to that Being, infinite and without parts, before whom he lays all he has, for you also to lay before Him all you have for your own good and for His glory, that so strength may be given to lowliness.
Think of some necessity you enjoy and ask yourself, "Who invented this? We are so unfortunate that we can only take pleasure in a thing on condition of being annoyed if it turn out ill, as a thousand things can do, and do every hour. That was the purpose of Thoughts. The Stoics say, "Retire within yourselves; it is there you will find your rest.
Give him none, he cannot find truth; give him too much, the same. On the contrary, God, man may be anchored spiritually. Belief in God is the most reasonable party. The nature of man is wholly natural.
Others say, "Go out of yourselves; seek happiness in amusement. Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God exists. To this question, Pascal brings, first, a psychological response: Ample tradition of original sin according to the Jews.
Let us see who will have found it. This I-know-not-what, so small an object that we cannot recognise it, agitates a whole country, princes, armies, the entire world. We can only think of Plato and Aristotle in grand academic robes.
If it is true, why? Pascal stated that people could not simply choose to believe, but that they might develop a faith through their actions. It is of equal concern to men to know them, and it is equally dangerous to be ignorant of them.
In other words, the heart has reasons that reason does not point. And others, on the contrary, who are accustomed to reason from principles, do not at all understand matters of feeling, seeking principles and being unable to see at a glance. There is only this one man in the world whom she orders us to undeceive, and she binds him to an inviolable secrecy, which makes this knowledge to him as if it were not.
Symmetry is what we see at a glance; based on the fact that there is no reason for any difference, and based also on the face of man; whence it happens that symmetry is only wanted in breadth, not in height or depth. The Christian religion, which alone has reason, does not acknowledge as her true children those who believe without inspiration.
If you disbelieve and are wrong, you lose infinite everything. But they are not for educated people.
The greatest and most important thing in the world has weakness for its foundation, and this foundation is wonderfully sure; for there is nothing more sure than this, that the people will be weak. He who should find the secret of rejoicing in the good, without troubling himself with its contrary evil, would have hit the mark.
I who write this have perhaps this desire, and perhaps those who will read it The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me. More specifically, Richard Carrier has objected by positing an alternative conception of God that prefers his creatures to be honest inquirers and disapproves of thoughtless or feigned belief: This hypothetical unbeliever complains, "I am so made that I cannot believe.Pensées by Blaise Pascal.
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That was the purpose of Thoughts. By analysis of the drama of human existence and his subtle rhetoric intended to lead us to God, Pascal appears surprisingly modern.
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