“Few friendships would survive if each one knew what his friend says of him behind his back.
“Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves.
“We arrive at the truth, not by the reason only, but also by the heart.
“I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room.
“Our heart has its reasons that reason cannot know.
“Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed.
“We must learn our limits. We are all something, but none of us are everything.
“The sensibility of man to trifles, and his insensibility to great things, indicates a strange inversion.
“By a peculiar prerogative, not only each individual is making daily advances in the sciences, and may makes advances in morality, but all mankind together are making a continual progress in proportion as the universe grows older; so that the whole human race, during the course of so many ages, may be considered as one man, who never ceases to live and learn.
“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.
French mathematician and philosopher and Jansenist; invented an adding machine; contributed (with Fermat) to the theory of probability (1623-1662)
“Houston, we have a problem.
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