“The Knowledge of God is very far from the love of Him.
“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.
“Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.
“It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants.
“We arrive at the truth, not by the reason only, but also by the heart.
“If all men knew what each said of the other, there would not be four friends in the world.
“Nature has perfection, in order to show that she is the image of God and defects, to show that she is only his image.
“Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts.
“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.
“Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed.
French mathematician and philosopher and Jansenist; invented an adding machine; contributed (with Fermat) to the theory of probability (1623-1662)
“I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
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