“Few friendships would survive if each one knew what his friend says of him behind his back.
“It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants.
“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.
“Let us weigh the gain and the loss, in wagering that God is. Consider these alternatives: if you win, you win all, if you lose you lose nothing. Do not hesitate, then, to wager that he is.
“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.
“Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed.
“Fear not, provided you fear but if you fear not, then fear.
“It is the fight alone that pleases us, not the victory.
“Nature has perfection, in order to show that she is the image of God and defects, to show that she is only his image.
“We arrive at the truth, not by the reason only, but also by the heart.
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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