Top 10 most inspiring quotes by Blaise Pascal
- All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.
- Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
- I made this [letter] very long, because I did not have the leisure to make it shorter.
- People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive.
- I lay it down as a fact that if all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.
- Curiosity is only vanity. We usually only want to know something so that we can talk about it.
- Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.
- Man’s sensitivity to the little things and insensitivity to the greatest are the signs of a strange disorder.
- The last function of reason is to recognize that there are an infinity of things which surpass it.
- We are generally the better persuaded by the reasons we discover ourselves than by those given to us by others.
Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, and religious philosopher. Born in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Pascal demonstrated exceptional intellectual abilities from an early age. He began contributing to mathematics at 16, formulating what is now known as Pascal’s Theorem. His pioneering work in projective geometry and probability theory significantly influenced the fields.
In 1642, Pascal invented the mechanical calculator, also known as the Pascaline, a device capable of performing arithmetic operations. This invention marked a significant advancement in the history of computing.
Despite his contributions to science and mathematics, Pascal experienced a profound religious conversion in 1654, leading him to devote the latter part of his life to Jansenism, a Christian movement emphasizing predestination. His religious writings, such as “Pensées,” reflected his deep contemplation on faith and human nature.
Pascal’s other notable contributions include his investigations into atmospheric pressure, leading to the creation of Pascal’s Law in fluid mechanics. He died at the age of 39, leaving a lasting legacy in both scientific and philosophical realms. The SI unit of pressure, the pascal (Pa), is named in his honor.
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