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Blaise Pascal
1623-1662 (Age at death: 39 approx.)

Blaise Pascal (June 19, 1623, in Clermont-Ferrand, France - August 19, 1662, in Paris) was a French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a civil servant. Pascal's earliest work was in the natural and applied sciences where he made important contributions to the construction of mechanical calculators, the study of fluids, and clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum by generalizing the work of Evangelista Torricelli. Pascal also wrote in defense of the scientific method.

Pascal was a mathematician of the first order. He helped create two major new areas of research. He wrote a significant treatise on the subject of projective geometry at the age of sixteen, and later corresponded with Pierre de Fermat on probability theory, strongly influencing the development of modern economics and social science. Following Galileo and Torricelli, in 1646 he refuted Aristotle's followers who insisted that nature abhors a vacuum. His results caused many disputes before being accepted.

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A king is surrounded by people who think only of diverting him, and hinder him from thinking on himself. For he is unhappy, king as he is, if he thinks on his own condition.

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A little thing comforts us because a little thing afflicts us.

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A little thing consoles us because a little thing afflicts us.

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All mankind's troubles are caused by one single thing, which is their inability to sit quietly in a room.

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All the miseries of mankind come from one thing, not knowing how to remain alone.
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All the sciences are infinite in the extent of their researches; for who doubts that geometry, for example, has an infinity of infinities of propositions to exhibit?

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All the unhappiness of men comes from a single thing, which is, that they have not the wisdom to remain in tranquility at home.

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Amusement that is excessive and pursued only for its own sake allures and deceives us, and leads us down imperceptibly in thoughtlessness to the grave

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Amusement that is excessive and pursued only for its own sake allures and deceives us, and leads us down imperceptibly in thoughtlessness to the grave
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Amusement that is excessive and pursued only for its own sake allures and deceives us, and leads us down imperceptibly in thoughtlessness to the grave
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Any comparison that we make of ourselves with the finite gives us pain.

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Between us and hell there is nothing but life, which of all things is the frailest.

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Continuous eloquence wearies.

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conversation and the distractions of play are sought only because people cannot remain at home with pleasure.

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Do you wish people to speak well of you? Then don't speak well of yourself. (or don't speak at all yourself.)

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Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts.

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Extremes meet.
Pensees

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Force is the ruler of the world, and not opinion, but it is opinion that uses the force.

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Greatness must be abandoned to be appreciated.

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Happiness is neither out of us nor in us; it is in God, both out of, and in us.

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