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“Men never do evil

so completely and cheerfully

as when they do it

from religious conviction.”

– Blaise Pascal, from his Pensees


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Blaise Pascal was converted on 11/23/1654.  He was a French genius who invented the wristwatch, the bus route, first workable calculating machine and other devices.  Four things in the science/math world bear his name: Pascal’s Wager, Pascal’s Triangle, Pascal’s Law, and Pascal’s Theorem. 

He abandoned his life-long study of science, having realized “the Christian religion obliges us to live only for God and to have no other aim than him.” Best know work is his posthumous Pensées.

Pascal Quotes:

The greater intellect one has, the more originality one finds in men. Ordinary persons find no difference between men.

Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of a river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarrelled with him?

“Do you wish people to think well of you? Don’t speak well of yourself.

Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God.

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There are only three kinds of persons; those who serve God having found Him; others who are occupied in seeking Him not having found Him; while the remainder live without seeking Him and without having found Him. The first are reasonable and happy the last are foolish and unhappy; those between are unhappy and reasonable.

                – Blaise Pascal, Pensees (1660) paragraph 257.

 …True fear comes from faith; false fear comes from doubt…

                – Blaise Pascal, Pensees (1660) paragraph 262.

It is dangerous to make man see too clearly his equality with the brutes without showing him his greatness. It is also dangerous to make his see his greatness too clearly apart from his vileness. It is still more dangerous to leave him in ignorance of both. But it is very advantageous to show him both. Man must not think that he is on a level either with the brutes or with the angels nor must he be ignorant of both sides of his nature; but he must know both.

                – Blaise Pascal, Pensees (1660) paragraph 418.

Nature has some perfections to show that she is the image of God and some defects to show that she is only His image.

                – Blaise Pascal, Pensees (1660) paragraph 580.

The difference between Jesus Christ and Mahomet.- Mahomet was not foretold; Jesus Christ was foretold. Mahomet slew; Jesus Christ caused His own to be slain. Mahomet forbade reading; the Apostles ordered reading.

                – Blaise Pascal, Pensees (1660) paragraph 599.

There is a pleasure in being in a ship beaten about by a storm when we are sure that it will not founder. The persecutions which harass the Church are of this nature.

                – Blaise Pascal, Pensees (1660) paragraph 859.

Blaise Pascal died this date 8/19/1662, at Paris, France.  He was a scientist, a polemicist, most importantly a Christian.  His death followed a lengthy illness.  Pascal was born 6/19/1623 at Clermont.

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Men often take their imagination for their heart; and they believe they are converted as soon as they think of being converted.

           – Blaise Pascal, Pensees (1660) paragraph 275.


Grace is indeed needed to turn a man into a saint; and he who doubts it does not know what a saint or a man is.

           – Blaise Pascal, Pensees (1660), paragraph 508.


The feeble-minded are people who know the truth, but only affirm it so far as consistent with their own interest. But, apart from that, they renounce it.

           – Blaise Pascal, Pensees (1660), paragraph 583.


The Gospel only speaks of the virginity of the Virgin up to the time of the birth of Jesus Christ. All with reference to Jesus Christ.

           – Blaise Pascal, Pensees (1660), paragraph 742.


Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.

           – Blaise Pascal, Pensees (1660), paragraph 895.


Blaise Pascal, who is credited with inventing the wristwatch, the bus route, the first workable calculating machine, turned to Jesus.  This French mathematician was converted today in history.

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