“Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves.
“Fear not, provided you fear but if you fear not, then fear.
“If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.
“We are generally the better persuaded by the reasons we discover ourselves than by those given to us by others.
“It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants.
“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.
“We arrive at the truth, not by the reason only, but also by the heart.
“Few friendships would survive if each one knew what his friend says of him behind his back.
“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.
“The Knowledge of God is very far from the love of Him.
French mathematician and philosopher and Jansenist; invented an adding machine; contributed (with Fermat) to the theory of probability (1623-1662)
“The spice extends life. The spice expands consciousness.
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