The Miscellaneous Writings of Pascal: Consisting of Letters, Essays, Conversations, and Miscellaneous Thoughts (the Greater Part Heretofore Unpublished in this Country, and a Large Portion from Original Mss.) (Google eBook)
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Page 205 - Why, look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of me. You would play upon me ; you would seem to know my stops ; you would pluck out the heart of my mystery ; you would sound me from my lowest note to the top of my compass : and there is much music, excellent voice, in this little organ ; yet cannot you make it speak. 'Sblood, do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe ? Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, you cannot play upon me.
Page 47 - Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: in burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
Page 30 - In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider : God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.
Page 221 - Whoever would fully learn the vanity of man,' he says, ' has but to consider the causes and the consequences of love. The cause is perhaps some undeniable trifle (un je ne sais quoi), and the consequences are tremendous. This trifle, this thing so insignificant that we cannot define it, moves the earth, its potentates, its armies, the whole universe ! Had Cleopatra's nose been a little shorter, the whole face of the world might have been changed.
Page 25 - But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
Page 26 - And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
Page 209 - Man is full of wants: he loves only those who can satisfy them all. " This one is a good mathematician," one will say. But I have nothing to do with mathematics ; he would take me for a proposition.
Page 221 - Whoever will know fully the vanity of man has but to consider the causes and the effects of love. The cause is an unknown quantity, and the effects are terrible. This unknown quantity, so small a matter that we cannot recognize it, moves a whole country, princes, armies, and all the world. Cleopatra's nose — had it been shorter, the face of the world had been changed.
Page 249 - Since we cannot be universal and know all that is to be known of everything, we ought to know a little about everything. For it is far better to know something about everything than to know all about one thing. This universality is the best. If we can have both, still better; but if we must choose, we ought to choose the former. And the world feels this and does so; for the world is often a good judge.