Blaise Pascal

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

“All the troubles of life come upon us because we refuse to sit quietly for a while each day in our rooms.”

“Be comforted. You would not be seeking Me if you had not found Me.” [Pensées]

“Man is neither angel or beast; and the misfortune is that he who would act the angel acts the beast.”

“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.”

“Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere.”

“Rivers are highways that move on, and bear us whither we wish to go.”

“The strength of a man’ s virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts.”

“Thus we never live, but we hope to live; and always disposing ourselves to be happy, it is inevitable that we never become so.”

“We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.”

“What a chimera, then, is man! what a novelty, what a monster, what a chaos, what a subject of contradiction, what a prodigy! A judge of all things, feeble worm of the earth, depositary of the truth, cloak of uncertainty and error, the glory and the shame of the universe!”