“Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves.
“When I consider the small span of my life absorbed in the eternity of all time, or the small part of space which I can touch or see engulfed by the infinite immensity of spaces that I know not and that know me not, I am frightened and astonished to see myself here instead of there... now instead of then.
“If all men knew what each said of the other, there would not be four friends in the world.
“We know truth, not only by reason, 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.
“All the miseries of mankind come from one thing, not knowing how to remain alone.
“Since we cannot know all that there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything.
“Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is, but let us consider the two possibilities. If you gain, you gain all if you lose you lose nothing. Hesitate not, then, to wager that He is.
“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.
“Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.
French mathematician and philosopher and Jansenist; invented an adding machine; contributed (with Fermat) to the theory of probability (1623-1662)
“You talkin' to me? Well, I'm the only one here.
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